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Canucks sign Burrows to four-year deal

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Alex Burrows to a four-year, $8 million contract extension Tuesday night, avoiding the possibility of losing the gritty winger as an unrestricted free agent.

The 27-year-old Burrows is having a career year, setting personal highs with 16 goals and 33 points in 62 games heading into Tuesday night. He started in his usual role as an agitating checker, but was promoted to the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin 10 games ago, and has four goals and nine points since.

"Alex plays with intensity and determination at both ends of the rink, Canucks general manager 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."

Burrows was never drafted by the NHL and worked his way up from the ECHL to the AHL before finally signing with Vancouver after the 2005-06 season started. He finished that year with seven goals and 12 points in 43 games and has been with the Canucks ever since.

In 268 NHL games, the 6-foot-1 winger, who also plays a key role on the Canucks' penalty killing unit, has 38 goals, 85 points and 438 penalty minutes.

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