Vancouver Canucks Trade Analysis: Memo To Mr. Gillis: Please Keep Alex Burrows

Jeremy GrittenContributor IMarch 2, 2009

On Hockey Night in Canada last Saturday night, hockey insider Pierre LeBrun was discussing trade deadline rumours on the Satellite Hotstove. To my horror, he claimed that he had heard rumours that Vancouver would ship Alexandre Burrows if they couldn't sign him, to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing.  

You'll offer Mats Sundin $10 million but you won't give this guy $2 million?  Are you kidding me?

Burrows has been the heart and soul of the Vancouver hockey club all year long.  One of the most consistent Canucks, he has taken the step this year from one of the best checking forwards on the team, to one of the best forwards on the team. Well-liked in the room, and always giving everything he's got, this guy can do it all.

Mired in an eight game losing streak, Vancouver is tied 2-2 at home against the Carolina Hurricanes with just under two minutes left.  Mattias Ohlund takes a penalty, causing the fans at GM Place to mutter a collective "Here we go again".

Enter Burrows.  

Ryan Kesler springs Burrows for a shorthanded breakaway, and Burrows pulls his signature backhand deke on Cam Ward for the go-ahead goal with a minute left, sending the Garage into a frenzy.  

Just call him Mr. Clutch.

Time and time again, Burrows comes through for Vancouver when they need a goal the most. Take Sunday night, for example.

In a crucial matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver holds a 2-0 lead in the third, before Rick Nash scores a powerplay goal to give Columbus life.

Before the Jackets can even think of the tying goal, Burrows has blasted a laser past goalie Steve Mason to restore the two-goal lead, helping Vancouver end the night firmly in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Going into this trade deadline, Canuck fans don't expect any blockbusters; we're happy with how our team is shaping up. After winning 10 of their last 12, this is a team that could surprise some people in the playoffs. All that we ask of you Mr. Gillis, is please sign Alex Burrows.