Senators general manager Pierre Dorion spoke following the deal that saw Burrows flipped for 2016 second-round pick Jonathan Dahlen and noted that many of the team's veteran players were jubilant with the GM's move.
"We're elated," Dorion said, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. "Five key vets came up to me in our dressing room - one wanted to hug me and the others shook my hand."
Dorion admitted that after the team learned that forward Clarke MacArthur would not play this season - as he deals with continued concussion problems - Burrows quickly became a target.
Of course with the sudden slew of injuries, the Senators will be hoping Burrows can make an immediate impact, especially with the club now just two points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.
It's rare that Vancouver Canucks fans can applaud the actions of their acting general manager.
However, after it was confirmed that the team had acquired 2016 second-round pick Jonathan Dahlen from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alex Burrows, the hockey world applauded the move by Jim Benning.
That being said, some shade was thrown at Benning's past and the apparent misplay by the Senators' management group. It's classic Twitter.
Some might call the move mythical in nature.
Canucks fans reading Twitter today.
It was quite surprising though.
And maybe fans will have renewed faith in Benning.
As for the Senators, it wasn't great value on their part.
Especially when considering who you were dealing with.
The deal was bad. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. It was yuge!
And, of course, no reaction piece is complete without it:
The 32-year-old was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs hours before his now former club was set to host the Ottawa Senators. He's trading in one blue and white uniform for another.
"It's interesting when you wake up from a nap expecting to play and you're no longer with that club," Boyle said of the deal, which netted Tampa Bay a second-round draft pick and Byron Froese. "I moved up the standings in a matter of a couple of hours," he added.
Boyle spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Tampa Bay, and he admitted it's hard to move on, especially after a couple of deep playoff runs.
"It's tough to say goodbye. I'm a fairly loyal guy," he said. "I'm going to miss my buddies. It's really been a pleasure to play down in Tampa, and it's been exciting," he added.
Now joining Toronto for its playoff push, Boyle has a different kind of excitement to look forward to.
Playing for the Maple Leafs is an "unbelievable opportunity. They have some guys who are just phenomenal, phenomenal players," he said.
The Maple Leafs begin a three-game road trip in San Jose on Tuesday, and Boyle is hoping to be in the lineup for his new team.
Benn joins the Canadiens after spending his first six years in the league with the Stars. As for Pateryn, his availability was made known after it was reported that the Canadiens had sent a league-wide memo to NHL clubs last week.
For the Canadiens, the club gets a more stable depth option on the back end, while the Stars helped to settle a potential expansion issue regarding which defensemen to protect, with John Klingberg and Dan Hamhuis - who owns a modified no-trade clause - sure things to be protected.
As for Benn, he remains under contract for the next two-seasons at a cap-friendly $1.1-million per season, while Patery has one year and $800,000 remaining on his deal.
Garrioch reports forward prospect Jonathan Dahlen is heading to Vancouver in return.
In addition to surrendering his no-trade protection with Vancouver to facilitate the deal, Burrows has apparently forfeited his chance to test the open market in unrestricted free agency this summer. Sportsnet's Dan Murphy is reporting that Burrows has agreed to a two-year, $5-million extension to remain with Ottawa beyond the stretch drive.
Dahlen was chosen in the second round, 42nd overall by the Senators in last summer's draft. He's scoring at close to a point-per-game pace this season with Timra IK of Sweden's second division.
Burrows has been with the Canucks organization for the last 14 seasons, and debuted for the club in 2006.
The 35-year-old has scored 193 goals and 384 points points in 822 games, and racked up another 34 points in 70 career postseason games.
Boyle, 32, made two consecutive appearances in the finals as a member of the New York Rangers (2014) and Lightning (2015). Boyle has recorded 13 goals and nine assists in 54 games this season.
Froese was drafted 119th overall by Chicago in 2009. He's appeared in 58 games at the NHL level, with two goals and three assists to his name. In 195 AHL games, he has recorded 49 goals and 52 assists.
The deal marks a startling turnaround from the beginning of the season, where the Maple Leafs entered as last year's last-place team while the Lightning came to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final.
The games are played on the ice, however, and Toronto is currently in a playoff spot and looking to add the kind of veteran savvy needed in the postseason.
In total, Boyle has appeared in 100 playoff games, scoring 15 goals.