Wild will get calls on Burns' availability

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 24, 2011 - 1:35 PM

The Wild could be among the teams looking to deal this draft weekend, with Brent Burns sure to draw interest.

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bhrnew1lJun. 23, 1111:56 PM

Funny, DR said the same thing about being patient but lets face it the current regime lengthened the time it will take to be a winner by not doing the necessary thing to overachieve like hiring a rookie gm and coach. The old regime were inclined to do what it takes to win in the moment without having all of the tools like hiring Lemaire as coach, having him behind the bench is not going to help with getting top draft picks is it ? The Bruins are not some superstar team but everybody is on the same page, not one top 20 scorer. Patience is something that Leo maybe should have had before he started the Wild Marching to the Penguins after DR was fired

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katodeskJun. 24, 11 6:03 AM

See ya Burnsie.

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minneg56Jun. 24, 11 6:50 AM

@brhnew1l- although your post may not meet with 'poster agreement' (PA) you are a carpenter as you've hit the nail on the head! True enough- patience is a virtue and to reach longer term goals in life this may be true... provided a defined direction is established at the outset. But honestly there is a huge difference between patience and inaction/inertia. I continue to contend that if this team were to have been 'blown up' for a rebuild, then Fletcher should have done it as he was walking in the door. At this point without a firm direction -which should have been established two years ago, this club's lack of forward progress is now double Fletcher's tenure on the job.

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northstars91Jun. 24, 11 7:05 AM

Bad idea trading a fan favorite plus a kid who has a lot of heart...

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clinto1054Jun. 24, 11 7:34 AM

northstars91 - couldn't agree more. PLUS - lets start counting the years until we get another player with the talent he has. Nobody ever claimed he was going to be a Nick Lidstrom type of player. With Rick Wilson and Yeo around and with the other defensive defensemen on the team, there is a PLENTY of room on this team for a player like Burns. It could just be me, but I see a lot more positives then negatives with Burns. So he gets caught out of position more than most would like - that still does not offset the other talents that he brings. If they do move him it better be for something special.

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kballrdJun. 24, 11 7:36 AM

Being a Fan favorite doesn't matter when he is a liability and concussion prone now..fan favorite is overrated and part of our problem as we have all these "nice guys" that can't compete on a high level. Besides, IMO, burnsie is not as much of a fan favorite anymore from his sloppy turnover and careless play. As a veteran, I truly appreciate his support to the troops and veterans suite at the Excel, I just see our club as rebuild mode and if we can get a valuable return, pull the trigger!

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dahockeyguruJun. 24, 11 7:43 AM

If the return is right, now is the time to move Burnsie. The posts on here are a prime example of mediocrity in Minnesota sports. Everyone wants a "fan favorite" and the "good guy" to stay on the team. Hopefully, the Wild don't get bent over like the Twins to keep a "good guy" in Burnsie. Talented, yes. Worth the money? Doubtful for what he can command in this market. It's time to move forward and build, which this regime is doing. Of course there will be hiccups along the way but we could write pages about the flubs from the prior GM and owner. It was a mistake to fire Richards but at least they are being forthright in admitting they are building from the ground up due to the utter failure to plan ahead by Dougie Doug.

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dahockeyguruJun. 24, 11 7:47 AM

Clinto: What talent does Burns have? Everyone talks about how talented he is. He apparently hides his talent well on the ice. Last year was simply unimpressive and the hockey gods have short memories so that's what sticks out. He just hasn't produced. There are plenty of capable D in the system. Now is the time to get pieces in return rather than being held hostage to sign another big contract that will only hamper the rest of the team. We have a lot of young talent coming up, we'll need money to sign them. We need to put the "Minnesota Nice" away and move forward.

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jkidd2624Jun. 24, 11 7:48 AM

There are a few thoughts to the Burns saga. The first being he's a guy that can change the course of a game, and completely take it over when he's on... but if he's not on, he changes the course of the game for the Wild in a very negative way. I'd really, really like Burns to show some sort of maturity and take responsibility for his game to become a blue liner you can build around, but he has shown no desire to be THAT guy. He did have a career year last year, which helps his stock, but the Wild have two key things going their way... the cap went up $5M, and if they buy out Cam Barker or trade him for a bag of pucks, they get $2-$3M off the cap. Huge considering that is $7-8M to play with just for the sake of resigning Burns, considering other guys are signed already. When nothing does happen with Burns, whether it's because the team doesn't get a good enough offer, or Fletch thinks he can resign him, they'll put out the statement that Latendresse is coming back healthy and PMB is ready to up his game. I don't really agree with that justifying a move possibly not getting done, but I can see it being said. The free agent class is very weak this year, so any "improvements" to the club will have to come from the farm or via trade.

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sfgiantsJun. 24, 11 8:00 AM

Burns = OVERRATED! We need a goal scorer. We need a superstar. We have neither!

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