This was not a good deal for the Ottawa Senators in two different ways.
The Senators gave up a really solid prospect during a time when “rentals” were going for draft picks. Word around the Twitter atmosphere was that Canuck fans would have been happy moving Burrows out for a 3rd round draft pick. If the Sens were to have sent a draft pick to Vancouver for Burrows this would be an okay deal.
The Ottawa Senators extended Burrows’ contract, signing the veteran to a two-year $5 million deal. The price isn’t that big, and yes it may have been a deal to allow the Senators to meet the expansion exposure requirements, but this is a plain mistake. Burrows is a fading 35-year-old hockey player and this deal takes him until age 37. Veteran presence is nice to have, but he’ll just be taking a roster spot from a good young player.
CHALK ONE UP FOR JIM BENNING
For a GM that gets a lot of flack, Jim Benning finally had his fan base praising him…after two years of futility.
That in itself is enough to make a head shake, but Benning seems to finally understand what his club needs to do. While he has an undying loyalty to keep the team competitive for the Sedin twins, it’s a recipe for disaster and he may need to just put business ahead of loyalty.