Report: Canucks, Burrows negotiating new deal

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According to Vancouver’s CKWX News1130, the Vancouver Canucks have started negotiations on a contract extension for winger Alex Burrows.

Burrows, 31, is heading into the final year of a deal that pays $2 million annually. The four-year, $8 million deal he signed back in 2009-10 represents one of the league’s best bargains — since signing, he’s averaged 29 goals per season and missed just 12 games to injury.

Last season, he averaged a career-high 18:28 of ice time and finished tied for 21st in even strength goals (23) with Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews.

More, from News1130:

Corbiel added the two sides haven’t discussed numbers yet, but it stands to reason Burrows could be in line for a pay raise.

Here’s what the Vancouver Province’s Gord McIntyre wrote on Monday:

He has leadership qualities, understands the game extremely well and, should his goal scoring start to decline, he could still play a major defensive role in the likes of a Guy Carbonneau or Mike Keane.

Burrows, who has averaged just under 30 goals the past three seasons, could garner $4.5-$5 million for four or five years on the open market and that’s probably too rich for the Canucks.

McIntyre also notes that Burrows holds the trump card of being “the best winger the Sedins have ever had.” Though to be fair, his chief rival in that category is probably Anson Carter.