The other day, the Capitals posted this GIF of Andre Burakovsky in a reply to a fan on Twitter. Now I’m not totally sure why, but deep down in my gut an alarm went off, telling me THIS GIF IS VERY RELEVANT TO RMNB READERS.
Again, I don’t know why – it’s just the Burracuda sticking his tongue out while skating by a camera. But I’m going to trust that instinct, an instinct that has guided my hockey blogging for the last seven years. So here you go: the andre-burakovsky-tongue.gif!
“Thanks Audi Malmo for this amazing car,” Burakovsky’s punctuation-less Instagram caption reads. “you guys have been nothing but great @audimalmohbg #fastandfurious #fast9”
The “amazing” new Audi is pretty sweet, but my favorite part is the decal on the left side.
Photo: Maddie Meyer
Second-line winger Andre Burakovsky has shown flashes of brilliance in his first two seasons in the NHL. Now heading into the last season of his three-year, $2.775 million entry-level deal, Burakovsky hopes to take the next step in his development. Swedish-language outlet hockeysverige describes a Burakovsy who aspires to sign a long-term deal with the Capitals — a big one, similar to what his friend Filip Forsberg did this summer in Nashville.
Forsberg has scored a combined 59 goals over the last two seasons (26 goals in 2014-15 and 33 in 2015-16). The former WJC MVP has led the Predators in points over the last two seasons (63 points in 2014-15 and 64 in 2015-16, twice the production of Burakovsky). On June 27, Forsberg signed a six-year, $36-million contract that will keep him in Nashville until he’s 27-years-old and eat up one of his UFA years.
On July 1, Forsberg could have been a restricted free agent and been offered a massive offer sheet by another team, a sticky situation which Washington must game-plan for next year with both Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
There’s a big gap between Burakovsky’s and Forsberg’s performance right now, and Andre knows it. “To get a big contract you have to score 50 points and deliver,” Burakovsky said last week in an interview with hockeysverige.se, as translated by Magnus Cadelin.
In February, I spoke to soon-to-be-former Capital Michael Latta and we chatted about his one-time roommate, Andre Burakovsky.
“He’s a little shy,” Latta said. “He’s a shy, cute, little guy.” Latta then went on to explain how the Burracuda was afraid to swim with the dolphins in the Bahamas.
That may explain Latta’s reaction Tuesday afternoon to a photo Burakovsky posted on Instagram. While holding up his dukes, Burakovsky, a veteran of 0 NHL fights, posed in front of a punching bag, looking tough.
This morning, many of you might have woken up to something jarring when you turned on your phone and checked Instagram. Caps’ “shy, little, cute guy” Andre Burakovsky posted a photo of himself dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for Midsummer 2016.
Let’s go ahead and zoom here.
We all already know that Andre Burakovsky is your favorite Austrian-born, Swedish cinnamon roll, but how exactly did his 2015-16 season on the ice go? Is there possibly one negative thing that can be said about this golden child?
Let’s find out as the 2015-16 player reviews roll on.
Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov weren’t the only Capitals named to a World Championship team. Forward Andre Burakovsky was also tabbed by Team Sweden and played the hero in his very first game.
On Sunday, the Burracuda scored twice in the shootout, including the game-winning shootout tally, to down Switzerland 3-2.
Capitals forward and certified cinnamon roll Andre Burakovsky will face off against teammates Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, held in Russia this month.
Burakovsky scored five points (four goals, one assist) in five games with Sweden in the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships. Burakovsky won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 event (3 goals, 4 assists). This will be his first World Championship appearance. He’s expected to make his debut in Sunday’s game against Switzerland.
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