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Which Alex to keep is obvious 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (not pictured) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) as Vancouver Canucks left wing Nicklas Jensen (46) and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) look on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mar 16, 2014; Sunrise, FL. (Photo: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (not pictured) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) as Vancouver Canucks left wing Nicklas Jensen (46) and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) look on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mar 16, 2014; Sunrise, FL. (Photo: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

Two Vancouver Canucks have been extremely noticeable this week and for good and bad, there are viable reasons to rid this tram of both.

Hard to use the word rid with Alex Burrows. He's done everything the Canucks have asked, unfortunately he did most of them making Tom Sestito money. Got paid and dropped off the face of the goal-scoring earth.

Still, I'm not so sure this team will ever get fair value for an Alex Burrows. We all saw what Ryan Kesler was apparently worth, so it may take more than one good week for the undrafted Burrows to add to his dealing value.

He's 32, but in case that doesn't sound all that old he's just a year younger than both Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Ancient right?

The other player that has fallen from everyone's good graces this season is someone the Canucks thought they were once building their defence around.

We live in B.C. so we are no strangers to the term —grow your own.

The Canucks brass, and a large percentage of Canucks fans, believed they had a legit candidate in Alex Edler to build a top-tier blueline around.

So here we are one year nearly in and five more to go at an average of $5 million a season. Add that to a grumbling fan base and it's bad math.

It's a shame to part ways with such a potential talent. We've all seen that shift where he's absolutely levelled players then skated out confidently with the puck. Trouble is those shifts have eroded from the big Swede’s game and instead have been replaced by a clumsy 6-foot-4 defenceman whose instincts were apparently manufactured by the same place he gets his sticks made.

 

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