In case you missed it, former Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows officially retired from the NHL last week after being bought out of the final year of his deal by the Sens.
After 13 NHL seasons, @aburr14’s playing career has come to an end. Burrows says goodbye to the game here: http://ply.rs/ARiq30kPIP5
Burrows was then immediately snapped up by the Montreal Canadiens organization and hired on as an assistant coach for their AHL affiliate Laval Rocket.
The Laval Rocket have added Alex Burrows to their coaching staff
Now, just days after leaving the Senators organization, Burrows is opening up on his time in the nation’s capital and had some interesting comments regarding the team’s awful 2017-18 season. Specifically, Burrows opened up with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 radio station and talked about the constant negative energy surrounding the team including controversies with owner Eugene Melnyk, departed winger Mike Hoffman and captain Erik Karlsson.
Buckle up, Sens fans. Some of these quotes, courtesy of the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan, may infuriate you:
“Uh, never,” said Burrows, who joined the team for the run to the conference final at the 2017 trade deadline. “I’ve never seen that quick turnaround, I’d say.”
“Obviously things didn’t work out the way we wanted to last year,” Burrows told the radio station. “Lot of negative energy. Lot of situations that occurred during the season that we didn’t really respond to them well.
Burrows alluded to distractions caused by team owner Eugene Melnyk and the speculation of an Erik Karlsson trade. He also made reference to damaging disruptions — likely the harassment of Melinda Karlsson, allegedly by Mike Hoffman’s fiancee Monika Caryk, which is believed to have caused a fracture of the team family — and his own failure as a leader to nip them in the bud.
“It’s not only one thing. It’s not only (owner) Eugene (Melnyk) or coaches or players … Karl,” said Burrows. “It seems like it was a lot of things that went on at the same time, and we didn’t really respond to it well.
“I blame myself for it. I should have been maybe more proactive or found a way to … but that’s the way it is sometimes. It’s personal stuff you think they’re not going to expose, but later on you realize maybe you should have done something about it.”
In the end, Burrows blames himself for not stepping up and taking a bigger leadership role in the Sens dressing room. In his own words, he could have been more proactive in helping resolve things. He does admit to having no regrets, however:
“At the end of the day, I wish those guys all the best,” Burrows said of the Senators. “Pierre was good to me. The organization, the fan base was good to me and my family. I sure hope they’re going to get back to the playoffs, sooner than later.”