Breaking: Veteran of 900+ NHL games bought out of contract

Wow… what a way to go out!

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According to a report from Sportsnet analyst and NHL insider Chris Johnston, the Ottawa Senators have placed veteran forward Alexandre Burrows on unconditional waivers for the purposes of a contract buyout.

Alex Burrows is on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout by the sens.

The 37 year old Burrows will officially hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and is eligible to sign a contract with any other NHL team. However, with just six goals and 14 points in 71 games for the Sens last season, it seems more likely that Burrows will elect to retire from professional hockey.

Of course, if there’s one thing we should have learned by now it’s to never count out Alex Burrows. The undrafted winger from Pincourt, Quebec scratched and clawed his way into the NHL from the depths of the minor leagues with the ECHL’s Greenville Grrowl, Baton Rouge Kingfish and Columbia Inferno. From there he earned an AHL contract with the Manitoba Moose and eventually earned the attention of the Vancouver Canucks.

Burrows was a huge part of a Canucks team that won back to back President’s Trophies and went to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The plucky winger was the perfect compliment to the more talented and skilled Henrik and Daniel Sedin and made a career for himself by simply going to the net and causing havoc for goaltenders and defensemen.

Burrows was traded to the Senators at the 2017 Trade Deadline in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. As it turns out, Dahlen starred for Timra of the SHL last season and has a real chance at securing a full time roster spot with the Canucks in 2018-19. Burrows was set to earn $2.5 million in 2018-19, the last year of a two year, $5 million contract that he signed with the Senators shortly after being acquired in 2017. Now, he'll earn just two thirds of that amount... all for the privilege of NOT playing next season. Ouch.

If this is indeed the end of the road for Burrows in the NHL, he’ll go down in history with 205 goals and 409 points in 913 career games.