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February 14, 2017 | 10:58am ET
Burrows, Hansen taking things in stride
TheFourthPeriod.com

Vancouver Canucks forwards Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen know their names are out there in the trade market, but there isn't much they can do about it.

Burrows, 35, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent. He has a full no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal the team tries to make, something he has publicly he wouldn't get in the way of.

Hansen, 30, has one-year left on his deal after this season and can list up eight teams he would approve a trade to once requested by the Canucks.

It has been widely reported the Canucks do not want to lose Burrows for nothing in the summer, while they do not want to risk losing Hansen for nothing in the expansion draft.

"There are too many variables where I have little control over," Hansen told the Vancouver Province. "If the team comes to me, I give them my (trade list of eight teams) and then it's in their hands. I can't veto a trade. If (Benning) wants to trade me, he can trade me."

Burrows and Hansen have made it clear they want to stay in Vancouver, but if that's not in the cards, they'll roll with the punches.

Burrows, meanwhile, has been trying to block out all the speculation as best he can.

"I've cut off my Twitter," he told the Province. "I've cut off TSN and Canadian websites. I watch ESPN right now. I'm more aware of the Charles Oakley incident and what happened in the NBA last night (than in the NHL). I'm a huge sports fan; I have to follow sports. But right now, I'm staying away from anything where my name could be."

 
 
 

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