Morning Thoughts: The Senators Overpaid…Big Time

Alex Burrows
The Senators overpaid for Alex Burrows, giving up one of their top prospects in pursuit of adding more grit and character.

The Ottawa Senators Overpaid for Burrows…Big Time

The Ottawa Senators acquired Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks yesterday to shore up their forward depth but it came at the cost of one of their top prospects. Shipping Jonathan Dahlen to the Canucks, the Senators got a gritty, 35-year-old winger who is only scoring at a 30-point pace and has been on the decline since his glory days with the Sedin twins.

Burrows’ best days are likely behind him but what’s even worse is that the Senators promptly handed him a two-year, $5 million extension. It’s hard to imagine what compelled the Senators to lock themselves into another two years of Burrows but it’s a somewhat risky and unnecessary move. Burrows won’t be getting any better and hasn’t been very effective in years. The Senators could have found much better players to allocate the resources and money to.

However, what makes the trade even worse for the Senators is who they had to give up in the process. Jonathan Dahlen was considered to be one of the Senators’ top prospects and is compared to Predators star Filip Forsberg. Dahlen isn’t Thomas Chabot or Colin White but no team should be trading prospects like him for gritty, aging wingers like Burrows.

Dahlen has been dominating in the Sweden leagues over the past few years and is now scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace. With 42 points in 44 games, Dahlen possesses incredible talent and rightfully draws similar comparisons to current NHL winger Filip Forsberg.

The Senators could have probably found much more effective players on the market for a lower price tag and this deal is already in the running for worst of the trade deadline.

Boyle Brings Stability to Leafs Fourth Line

The Toronto Maple Leafs also made a move yesterday, sending a second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Brian Boyle.

While a second-round pick is a valuable draft pick, the Leafs don’t lose much in acquiring a steady, fourth-line center who can help them for a potential playoff push. Over the past six years, Boyle has played the most playoff games out of all NHL skaters and should provide plenty of experience for a young Maple Leafs team looking to make the playoffs for the first time in a while.

Most likely brought in to center the fourth line, Boyle is a great bottom-six player who can chip in with the occasional point. With 22 points in 54 games this season, Boyle is a great add for Toronto and should instantly improve the bottom-six.

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