In a move signifying the Vancouver Canucks have all but waved the white flag on returning to the NHL playoffs, the club has traded one of their most tenured veterans.
The Canucks dealt Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Swedish prospect Jonathan Dahlen.
The 35-year-old Burrows played 822 regular-season games with the Canucks, posting 193 goals, 191 assists and 1,066 penalty minutes. He has added 19 goals and 15 assists in 70 playoff games.
He is most revered for his long stints as the third member with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, riding shotgun on one of the most offensively dominant lines in modern NHL history.
You slayed the dragon, shot arrows to the heavens and never backed down. Thank you Burr. pic.twitter.com/ky47j9fDtR
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 27, 2017
Burrows also scored what is considered one of the biggest goals in franchise history when he buried a wobbling puck past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford in the 2011 playoffs, where the club went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
He had four straight seasons of at least 25 goals from 2008-09 to 2011-12 playing largely with the Sedin twins. His best offensive days are behind him – he has nine goals in 55 games this season – but he will still bring sandpaper to a Senators team that is pressuring Montreal for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
The 19-year-old Dahlen, a relative unknown to the casual hockey fan, was selected in the second round, 42nd overall, by Ottawa at the 2016 NHL draft.
He has impressed at the international level, registering six points in seven games for Sweden at the 2017 world junior championship and leading his country in scoring with five points in five games at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka under-17 tournament.
With files from The Canadian Press