Topper wrote:I repeat, Burrows should have been traded over a year ago when he still had value and before negotiating his new contract. Some other fool should be paying him $8 million this year.
Burrows will get it together eventually, he's been derailed by some nasty injuries this season.
Whether or not he plays up to his cap-hit beyond this point is still debatable.
No doubt his trade value peaked somewhere between the summer of 2011 - summer of 2012.
But what kind of a message would trading him at that point have sent to the team?
Heart & soul player vastly out-performing his contract, scoring some of the biggest goals in Canuck history...
The fans at large would have been up in arms as well... at that point in time (hell, even Blob loved him!).
And hey, a GM should keep the fans at large as happy as possible, amirite?
He's still trade-able, though the return now would not be anywhere near as high obviously.
But it's not always the best idea to trade players at the height of their value.
other factors at play.
For example, trading the twins or Kesler at the height of their value would have been sheer lunacy.
Right now the fans at large are demanding a blockbuster trade.
Right now the fans at large would gladly accept pretty much any Canuck traded.
From a "keep fans happy" perspective, now
(or this summer?) is the time to trade core players.
The summer of 2011/2012 was not the time... from that perspective.
Many of us here at the Corner were suggesting this past summer was the time to shake up the core.
But I don't think the fans at large were on board with that until recently.
BTW his actually earnings this year = $6m
including his "signing bonus".
His actual salary the last year of his contract will be $3m in an... $80m salary cap NHL?
That salary and his $4.5m cap-hit might look extremely attractive to a cap-floor team at that point.