The Brown Knight wrote:
Island Nucklehead wrote:That's all folks are saying, Farhan. $4.5M for a PK specialist is too much money. The Canucks are simply not a playoff team if Burrows produces like a 3rd (or 4th, at this point) liner.
I just think that given Burrows' history and past success here, he has earned the right to have a little slack thrown his way. He needs to pick it up obviously when he gets back, but lets not call for the guy's head if he comes back and gets off to a bit of a slow start.
A little slack is indeed deserved. Four straight 25+ goal seasons, a 22-goal pace last year, all while playing almost 0 Powerplay Time and kills penalties. From a career-average of 13% shooting percentage, which has been remarkably consistent over the last 5 seasons, he should have had around 6 goals in 17 games this year. Obviously he's shooting 0% this season, but from the games I've seen he's been robbed on many, many glorious opportunities and been the victim of bad luck more than anything else.
$4.5 million is fair market value for a 32-year-old 25-goal scorer who kills penalties. From what I've seen of him this year, I believe he is still a 25-goal scorer. It is devestating that he's not producing, and might end up being the difference between this team making the playoffs or not, but he doesn't deserve to be thrown under the bus just yet.