Jim Souhan: Hit-or-miss Burns poses dilemma for long run

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 19, 2011 - 11:29 PM

Re-signing the dynamic but erratic star might be less of a priority than scoring help.

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mgalaforetMar. 19, 11 9:51 PM

Burns' personality would missed. That would be it. His defensive lapses far outweigh his offense capabilities. Plus defense wins Stanley Cups. If Burns focused on defense, what good would he be? fletch needs to strike while Burns perceived value is high. I would say most at the national level have not seen him game in and game out like we have. Scoters on the forward lone are needed. Also, if you are going to pay someone a ridiculous amount of money, he better be a leader on the team. Burns has never been a captain, or an assistant captain. That tells you a lot right there.

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bhrnew1lMar. 19, 1110:17 PM

Simple really, the change of systems and coaches made things worse for a player that had the luxury in previous years of working within a structured system with experienced coaching. Lemaire had some frustrations with him and on occasion to play him at forward. On Brent Burns draft day he was listed as forward and Lemaire- DR converted him to defense. No GM will trade for Burns unless they have the right infrastructure for him to play in, I can see Detroit with Babcock being a good place for him for example, I doubt the Devils would want to trade Parise for Burns unless Lemaire was going to be on board next year and even then I think they like their team the way it is unless they can't make the money work

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april24Mar. 19, 1111:56 PM

Sure, if they could trade Burns for Parise I'd do it in a heartbeat but I doubt NJ is that foolish. Burns will come around. There is too much potential there to give up on him. The player/package would have to be significant to trade him. I'd rather trade Schultz. He seems to be getting worse as time goes on. He makes errant passes and is terrible at reading the play, especially on the rush. They could probably get a decent second line scorer for Schultz. I say "do it."

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superd443Mar. 20, 1112:04 AM

YOU WONT GET GOAL TENDING LIKE THIS EVERY YEAR!! WE ARE OUT SHOT 2 TO 1 EVERY GAME!! WE NEED MORE OFFENSE. SAD TO WASTE SUCH A GREAT YEAR OF GOAL TENDING AND DEFENSE WITH SUCH AN UNBALANCED TEAM AND ANEMIC OFFENSE!!! FLETCH GET SOME OFFENSE! KEEP BURNS IF HE CAN AGREE TO A FAIR DEAL - WE HAVE SOME GOOD D TALENT THAT LOOKS VERY PROMISING.WE NEED OFFENSE YESTERDAY!

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mnhockeyguyMar. 20, 1112:48 AM

If lemaire is coaching in Jersey next year they may be willing to make the trade if the wild were willing to throw in something else. Lemaire got the best out of Burns defensively while he was here until the infamous 'switch' which saw Burns moving to forward. That wouldnt happen in Jersey where they have a ton of top end forwards. Here's hoping!

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stitch87Mar. 20, 11 2:04 AM

Bahaha! Come on Souhan! Seriously? The Wild needs a player like Rick Nash! What a bold statement. Way to go out on a limb there. Every team in the league would love to have a player like Rick Nash. Nash is big, strong and obviously knows how to bury the puck. Quit writing hockey articles, its obvious you know very little about the sport. Players like Nash don't grow on trees. He is a number one over pick, something the Wild have never had in their existence. What's next Souhan? Can't wait until September when you write about the Twins needing Jeter or A-Rod...

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tandflindMar. 20, 11 6:34 AM

It's time to get rid of Burns. He keeps making bonehead plays when the team can least afford it. It's not like he's a rookie, he's been here for 7 or 8 years. Yes he has potential, but the question is will he ever reach it. I say move him while you can.

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mgalaforetMar. 20, 11 6:37 AM

How many years do you get to achieve your potential in the NHL? How many years do you get to come around? Hasn't BB already been in professional hockey 8 years, 7 at the NHL level?

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bhrnew1lMar. 20, 11 7:29 AM

Rick Nash has talent but is not the player who has a ton of passion or even works hard game in and game out. Parise works hard all of the time. I like Parise because he is from here and he would be the best player on the Wild team and that will sell with the team of $ 16,000. I think that is how it should be in Minnesota, you don't have to have a bunch of Minnesota players but if your going to have one make him the best player

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OglethorpeMar. 20, 11 8:24 AM

If it was as simple as trading Burns for Parise, I don't think the choice would be too difficult. The real trick would be getting a player like Parise without giving up Burns.

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