Island Nucklehead wrote:Burrows...untouchable? Gimme a break. Effective, sure. Core player? Nope. He's a moderately talented checker and a supremely talented agitator. I'd trade him for a 2nd round pick.
LOL - yeah my "Burrows/Untouchable" comment has raised quite a few eyebrows on here.
I don't mind explaining my (bizzare?) love Burrows.
-For me personally, Burrows is the type of guy that EVERY team needs. He has heart. The other night when Rolston was rough with Mitchell (who had just returned), Burrows responded....he went after Rolston.
-Penalty kill: Burrows is a very good penalty killer.
-Hustle: Burrows, for the most part, shows great hustle each and every night.
-Hidden scoring talent? I truly believe that Burrows has a LOT more scoring talent than people give him credit for. Look at some of the goals that the guy has scored. It takes a LOT of talent to score some of the goals that he has scored. I think Burrows is a potential "diamond in the rough" and might be the type of guy that will score some "clutch" goals for us down the stretch. I'd be interested to see if Burrows can have a "break out" season one of these days (similar to what Martin Gelinas had in 1997).
Burrows has surprisingly 'soft hands'.
So for those reasons, I would try and do whatever I could do hold on to Burrows for the next few seasons.
I think Blob McKenzie said it best though - If Burrows, by the age of 30, is heading down the path of Matt Cooke....then yes, get rid of the guy.
For now though - I'm interested to see if Burrows can maximize his potential (and in my opinion, there's something DEFINITELY there).