Topper wrote:I would be happy with solid prospects and a couple of solid 2nd-3rd liners coming back, though a replacement for Burrows would be ideal.
I've read similar statements by a few people now in regards to Burrows. I don't get why people think he's going to jump ship at the end of this year, and I don't think that the Canucks are going to simply let him leave without a very competitive offer.
Burrows signed at a discount in order to stay here and keep the core of the team together. He inked a 4 year deal after his breakout season where he scored 51 points while playing with the Sedins for the first time as a regular member of that line. At the time I don't think he was going to receive offers for more than $3M per year from other teams. Had his contract been up the following year then a "loyalty" discount would have meant a salary around $3.5M.
As it stands he is a 50-60 point winger who kills penalties, scores timely goals, and has an outstanding work ethic. I'd even go so far as to say that he is the heart of this team, and certainly a (if not the) fan favorite.
I don't think he's pissed off about his contract, I think he knows he will be cashing in next year, and I think he knows that Vancouver wants to keep him. He will probably get in the neighborhood of $4M-$5M on another 3-4 year deal. I don't think he gets the same money as Kes, but it will be close. It's hard to say how they would structure such a contract as we don't know what the new CBA will hold, but under the current rules I would guess it would give him more after the Sedins re-sign or retire. Hard to say. Regardless I don't see Burrows going anywhere.