After balking at last year’s trade deadline, Jim Benning pulled the trigger on a player that many agreed needed to be moved.
The Canucks have traded forward Alex Burrows in exchange for Jonathan Dahlen. Burrows needed to waive his no-trade clause in order for the move to be made.
Burrows has spent his entire career with the Canucks dating back to the 2005-06 season. During his time in Vancouver, Burrows scored 193 goals with 191 assists in 822 games. His best year came in 2009-10 when he scored 35 goals and registered 32 assists, both career highs.
In return the Canucks get Jonathan Dahlen, a 19-year old center from Sweden. Here’s his rundown from Eliteprospects.com:
An offensively very skilled player. Dahlén is a good scorer and playmaker and quite shifty with fine technical skills and overall offensive awareness. Furthermore, an agile and creative player with great character. Skating might look suspicious at times, in some ways quite comparable to father Ulf's, but he reaches good speed and and has impressive edge work. Good work ethic and a capable two-way player.
"When he gets to the dangerous sc. areas he gives me a 'shark smelling blood' feeling." - HP Scout Mik Portini on Jonathan Dahlen. #Canucks— Grady Sas (@GradySas) February 27, 2017
Dahlen was drafted in the second round (No. 42 overall) by the Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft.
According to reports, Burrows has agreed to a two-year extension with the Senators worth $2.5 million per year.
In making this trade, the Canucks shipped off a player with an expiring contract that probably only has a few years left in the league at best for a young prospect that has some promise and could potentially pan out, but maybe not. And you know what? That’s just fine and dandy because these are the moves you need to make to start a rebuild, which Vancouver has stubbornly refused to commit to over the past several years.
I’m sure that when Burrows returns to Vancouver next year, he’ll receive one hell of a well-deserved standing ovation.