The Vancouver Canucks have traded Alex Burrows

Burrows was traded to the Senators two days ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline for prospect Jonathan Dahlen, ending his 12-year tenure with the Canucks.

"He's a player we've had our eye on", said Benning, who could also move forward Jannik Hansen and goalie Ryan Miller before Wednesday's National Hockey League trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET.

Burrows had to waive the "no move" clause in his contract for the deal to be completed.

Burrows, a pending unrestricted free agent, is expected to sign a two-year, $5 million contract, worth an average annual value of $2.5 million, with Ottawa, TSN reported.

"We had to do something like this", said Dorion.

"I have three kids under the age of five. I could really see the Sens and myself come out of the division if we get to the playoffs and everything goes accordingly". They have a great team, they have a lot of good pieces. that's the good part.

"Getting someone of Alex's character is something we couldn't turn (away from)". They're playing well, they're playing the right way. "Until then if we could add somebody like Alex. we had to do something like this".

"Where we're at right now and where Ottawa's at, it was a fair deal for both teams". "We wish him and his family the very best". He has only been part of one organization so far in his career. "When you put all the intangibles together, to me it was a no-brainer to do this deal". Burrows spent almost 12 seasons with the Canucks after beginning his career in the ECHL as an undrafted free agent.

"They are a big part of my career, I'm going to miss them", said Burrows.

The Senators may not be done, either.

Dorion did say he was willing to do more if the opportunities presented themselves.

"I remember all the paper falling from the ceiling. I'll miss them and not only on the ice, but how much they care about the team and this city". "We felt (acquiring Burrows) was something we needed to get done". He has 24 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with Timra IK in Sweden, and the Canucks hope to sign him this summer and get him to the Utica Comets next fall. The Senators drafted him in the second round, 42nd overall, last June.

General Manager Jim Benning called Dahlen, just 19, a "very skilled player with natural goal scoring instincts".

The forward has impressed at the global level, registering six points in seven games for Sweden at the 2017 world junior championship and leading his country in scoring with five points in five games at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka under-17 tournament. "His offensive upside and willingness to go to hard areas of the ice make him valuable". And there was another one in particular with a Canucks connection that addressed the desire to land with a competitive club and be near his native Pincourt, Que.

  • Julie Sanders