Burns returns to Minnesota with Sharks, all grown up

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2013 - 8:46 AM

The beloved former Wild player, who now has two kids, finds he’s one of the older guys.

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pattyzanDec. 7, 13 8:30 PM

Wished we kept him, thanx risebrough.

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bhrnew1lDec. 7, 13 8:37 PM

I think if you asked Mister Riseburough why he drafted him, one of the reasons would have been passion for the game. When you think about trading Coyle plus two hockey sticks for him, don't foget about the passion he has. He would look great on the right wing with Parise on his left, talk about two guys with a passion to play their sport.... hehehehe..... Star and Tribune should have a poll, how many goals does Brent Burns score- 1-2-3 - Make sure you watch tape of the Hawks game Sharks- shoot high on Harding

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mgalaforetDec. 7, 1311:36 PM

I am glad Burns found a hockey home with the Sharks. No matter how you try to spin it, he was not a good defensemen for the Wild. His offensive capabilities were completely, in not more so, negated by his defensive liabilities. Also no matter how you spin it, the Sharks signed him as a defensemen. Fortunately he has transitioned into a fine forward for them. As a defenseman, I am glad the Wild got rid of him for the price the Sharks paid. I doubt he would have been a forward with the Wild, so wishing he were here is a useless exercise. It is nice that he mentioned Mikko being the consummate professional. That really must make the Mikko haters squirm, because it seems those people only believe Parise is capable of such actions.

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bhrnew1lDec. 8, 13 7:42 AM

Mister Meegal. Would an experienced coach like Lemaire know to play him at forward ? Yes we know he did. Had the great Uncle Leo not decide to hire entry level management maybe they would have had a chance to recognize that. He was drafted as a forward so it should have been thought of. I thought of it

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gold1515Dec. 8, 13 9:05 AM

Ok I'll ask, Bhrnew, why did you draft Burns? Your right about a expirenced coach like lemaire playing him at forward. He probably did that because he got tired of Burns turning it over in the D-zone, his thinking probably was if he is going to keep turning the puck over, might as well have it happen in the O-zone. He is less of a liability at forward. You are comparing apples to oranges. Burns is 28, been in the league for almost 10 years and is making $5.7ML a year for the next 3 years and has never scored over 20 goals in a season. It's about time he starts scoring. Coyle is 21 and doesn't even have 82 games under his belt and makes $900k a year through next year and now he is stuck playing with Heatley. Burns plays on a line centered by Thorton. I'm willing to bet that Coyle would have just as many points or more than Burns if he played on that line. Last year he scored 14 points to burns 20 points. Burns makes more than Martin st.louis, last years Art Ross trophy winner. Hmmm, I'm no math genius but I think I would rather have Coyle and the cap room. BTW, your so called goalie that is the key to the Wild winning, what is the scouting report on scoring on him... Just shoot it, anywhere on net?

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iheartpotDec. 8, 13 9:40 AM

Fletcher made the trade, not Riser. Seto turned out to be a one year wonder, Phillips cannot skate, but Coyle is going to be one heck of a player... but will he be as good as Burns?? One of those trades that didn't really do much to improve the team, imo.

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skeptikDec. 8, 1310:02 AM

One of my all time favorites from the rolodex of former Wild of players over the years. Boy, would he fit in and excel with this current Wild team. Wish the best for Burnsie especially AFTER the Wild beat him and the Sharks this afternoon. HAHAHA

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chicagowildDec. 8, 1310:52 AM

Lost in all the comments is that Burns was entering the last year of his deal, going to command $6m/yr or more and was a turnover machine on D. Given that price and the salary cap restraints, it was likely the Wild would not have re-signed him. Also, in the unlikely event that Fletcher would have re-signed Burns, there would not have been space to sign Parise and Suter, and without space for both, we would have got neither.

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