Forward Alex Burrows locks down four-year extension with Vancouver

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Alexandre Burrows is staying put in Vancouver.

The speedy forward agreed to four-year contract extension on Tuesday, eliminating any speculation Burrows will be moved before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but a source close to the deal told The Canadian Press the contract was worth US$8 million total, a substantial raise from his 2008-09 salary of $525,000.

After agreeing to the deal, Burrows acored a pair of goals Tuesday night in Vancouver’s 4-2 win over Minnesota.

“Alex plays with intensity and determination at both ends of the rink,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said in a statement. “He’s a fierce competitor and a versatile player. We look forward to further growth and development in his game.”

READ ALSO:  Return or retire? Lidstrom isn't sure if he will stay with Wings or walk away

Burrows, who is in his fourth year with the team, is having a break out season with the Canucks, posting 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) to already surpass his 31 (12 goals, 19 assists) from last year.

The Pincourt, Que., native was in the final year of his contract and due to become a unrestricted free agent on July 1.

A pest to play against, Burrows toiled in the ECHL and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League before playing 43 games for the Canucks in 2005-06. He has a knack for momentum-changing short-handed goals with three so far this season and seven in his career.