Monday, February 27, 2017
NHL trade review: Sens acquire Burrows from Canucks
The Ottawa Senators have acquired winger Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for winger Jonathan Dahlen. Let's get into details.
The Sens are back in the playoff race after a disappointing 2015-16 season. They sit second in the Atlantic division with 72 points (a record of 33-21-6). They have 2 games in hand on the Montreal Canadiens (who are in first) and are just 2 points behind the Habs. The Habs are making moves, acquiring defenseman Jordie Benn. After that trade, GM Pierre Dorion was looking to beef up his roster. One hole in their team was depth forwards. Prospect Curtis Lazar is having an awful season, and the team already traded for Tommy Wingels from the San Jose Sharks. Acquiring Burrows can help their team in the playoffs if they make it. The worst part about it is that they gave up a top prospect in Dahlen, who's father, Ulf Dahlen played for the Minnesota North Stars when they existed. But trading Dahlen shows how desperate they are. Burrows, 35, has 20 points (9 goals and 11 assists) in 55 games this season. He's a scrapper, with over 1,000 career PIM in 822 career NHL games. He has 384 career points (193 goals and 191 assists). Burrows was supposed to be a UFA on July 1, but soon after being traded, the Sens signed Burrows to a 2 year $2.25 million deal.
The Canucks are rebuilders. They've had Burrows for 12 years now, but he was entering a UFA year, it was time for him to go. The Canucks were always going to be sellers, but a mumps outbreak almost changed it. GM Jim Benning was probably quick to accept this deal, because getting a top prospect for an old 4th line grinder. Dahlen, 19, is yet to play pro. He has 70 points (39 goals and 31 assists) in 99 games over 3 seasons in Sweden.