It was the beginning of the end for veteran forward Alexander Burrows when the Ottawa Senators bought out in contract a few weeks ago.
However, fans believe it would get another chance. The veteran player has instead decided to hang up the skates, announcing his retirement from the game of hockey on Friday morning.
The Senators placed the veteran winger on waivers on June 26 at noon. When he cleared Wednesday, the club exercised a buyout on the final year of his $2.5 million contract.
According to the Cap Friendly buyout calculator, the 37-year-old will receive more than $1.6 million over the next two years to not play for Ottawa. He’ll get $833,333 for the 2018-19 campaign and another $833,333 in 2019-20.
The reality is there’s just no room for Burrows on the roster.
Some Canucks fans hope to see him back in the fold in Vancouver, as he was always a fan favourite and a team leader there, before he was traded to the Senators at the 2017 trade deadline. Burrows is one of the most popular players in Canucks history and received a standing ovation from the fans in Vancouver upon his return to Rogers Arena in October.
However, the Canucks are in the middle of a rebuilding process and it seems like there was no room for the gritty forward.
Burrows ranks ninth all-time in Canucks history in goals, and seventh in playoff goals. He’s tied for first in playoff overtime goals – including some of the most famous ones in team history.
He is expected to be inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honour, which could now be coming very soon. He totaled 384 points, including 193 goals while lining up next to Henrik and Daniel Sedin for a large part of his tenure with the Canucks.
Burrows took part in 913 regular season NHL games in his career, which began in the 2005-06 season. The first 11-plus seasons and 822 games of Burrows’ career were played with the Canucks before he was traded. He then appeared in 72 games with the Senators in 2017-18, a season in which he eclipsed the 200-goal mark for his career.
“I’m happy with my career and have some great memories,” Burrows told NHLPA.com. “I met some wonderful people over the years. I’ll miss my teammates the most. The amount of fun we had working on our craft, the time we spent together away from the rink, the time we went through adversity together – those are things that I’m going to miss.
“I would like to also thank my family, who have been so supportive of me throughout my career. My wife (Nancy) has always been there for me. My kids (Victoria, Lexie and Jacob) were born in Vancouver and they got to see me play. I had some wonderful times in Vancouver and I enjoyed my time in Ottawa.”
Quickly after the announcement, it was revealed by the Montreal Canadiens that Burrows was appointed assistant coach with the Laval Rocket.