After 13 seasons in the NHL, former Canuck Alexandre Burrows has retired from the NHL
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 6, 2018
After working his way up from the ECHL, to the AHL, and then finally the NHL, Burrows was a Canuck for 12 of those 13 seasons. He was moved to the Senators at the 2017 trade deadline for Jonathan Dahlen and immediately signed a two-year extension.
Following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, the Ottawa Senators bought out the final year of Burrows. It appears he was unable to find another suitable contract and team and has thus called it a career.
Burrows was a fan favourite in Vancouver for his relentless work ethic, tenacity and the way that he was able to work his way up from the minors. But he made his largest impact as the winger to Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Based on a hunch by head coach Alain Vigneault, Burrows was placed on their line and the rest was history.
For a few years, they were the best line in hockey with Burrows playing the role of puck retriever, net presence and defensive safety net. He was also able to display some great offensive instincts and hockey IQ that complimented the two future Hall of Famers perfectly.
There were quite a few plays and goals over the years that stand out when looking back at his career, but without a doubt, the biggest goal was the slaying of the dragon:
Although, the overtime goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup FInals is a very close second:
Burrows may have been disliked in other markets for his antics, including the biting incident in the 2011 Finals, but the impact he made on the organization and city will leave a lasting legacy.
It didn’t take long for him to be announced as an assistant coach for the Laval Rocket:
Alexandre Burrows appointed assistant coach with the Laval Rocket.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 6, 2018
Without a doubt, Burrows should see his name added to the Ring of Honour at Rogers Arena.