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Being Brent Burns

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Brent Burns has been talking for nearly an hour about bears climbing trees and RVing and winter toques with bells on them and timber wolves and his NHL Draft experience and surfing and Joe Thornton and cycling and the merits of the travel-size Vitamix blender, but the time comes when, even though you don’t want to, you feel you have to let him go. This interview was supposed to run only 15 minutes. That’s impossible, since the San Jose Sharks defenceman spent nearly that much time discussing what animal he’d like to see next in person.

“I could watch a gorilla all day,” Burns says. “Giraffes. Elephants. I love bison. Just looking at a bison, I love that. Any primate-—just to see their movement. It’s insane. Cats. I love watching cats.”

That leads Burns to a story about navigating his 45-foot RV through a drive-through zoo in Williams, Ariz. “Bearizona,” he says. “It was unbelievable.”

Fewer than 10 minutes into this interview, it becomes clear that the intended premise is a disservice to Burns. And to hockey fans. And to good, fun conversation, really.


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Brent Burns In The Conversation For Top Defenseman In The NHL

from Travis Yost of TSN,

It’s not often that we talk about a player changing the way we think about how a position should be played.

But, it’s not often that players like Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson come along.

Burns’ emergence might be the result of a perfect storm in San Jose: A talented player finding the right guys to play with, a perfectly timed transition from winger to blueliner and an offence that plays an exceptional brand of inside/out hockey in the offensive zone. Whatever it is, Burns and the Sharks are a match made in heaven.

He’s become as much a staple of their attack as Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. For as much as we have talked (rightfully) about Karlsson revolutionizing the position, it’s worth pointing out that Burns has had a similar career arc.


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An Eight-Year Deal For Bremt Burns With The San Jose Sharks


added 4:23pm, San Jose press release is below...

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Afternoon Line- Marc-Edouard Vlasic

“I started laughing, that’s not negotiating. It’s not.”

“As an athlete, it’s your right to go to the Olympics. I don’t know if [the report] is true. I hope it’s not. That’s not the way you negotiate things. But, if that is true, all of a sudden they don’t mind having a two-week break in the NHL for a three-year collective bargaining agreement.”

-Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks on the talked about offer of a CBA extension for the right to play in the Olympics.  Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea has more.

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Another Stanley Cup Run For The San Jose Sharks?

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

“You play on so many teams over the years,” Thornton said, “you realize what kind of group you have here and you definitely don’t want to spoil a year like this.”

The Sharks have two of the best defensemen in the NHL in Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns leading a corps of blueliners that might be the deepest in the league. They feature two of the better centers still in their prime in Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski.

The franchise goalie is in place with Martin Jones. Free agent additions have been made in Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko. Young players like Joonas Donskoi and Chris Tierney have been integrated alongside veterans like Paul Martin and Joel Ward, who, like Thornton and Marleau, have more yesterdays than tomorrows in the NHL in their search for an elusive first ring.

“We have hall of famers, five guys who were playing in the World Cup (final),” Tierney said. “You never know how many guys you’ll have like that again on the team at the same time, so you definitely want to take advantage of it.”


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Dan Boyle Announces His Retirement

SAN JOSE, CA - Defenseman Dan Boyle today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 17 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League - six of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Boyle played in 1,093 NHL games with Florida, Tampa Bay, San Jose and the New York Rangers, scoring 605 points (163 goals, 442 assists) and 693 penalty minutes. He was a member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team and appeared in 130 Stanley Cup Playoff games, adding 81 points (17 goals, 64 assists).

"Today, I would like to formally announce my retirement from the National Hockey League," said Boyle.  "I've been fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I most love to do.  All I wanted to do as a young boy was have the opportunity to play ONE game in the NHL. Over a thousand games later, this whole experience seems surreal. I want to thank all four organizations for the opportunity, my teammates and the FANS for this amazing run that I will cherish forever."

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Brent Burns Still Unsigned

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While Marchand's agent Wade Arnott had been working hard throughout September and during the World Cup to conclude an agreement with Boston, talks between San Jose GM Doug Wilson and Burns' agent Ron Salcer are not believed to be nearly as far advanced.

Neither Wilson nor Salcer will discuss where they're at, but it's my sense there hasn't been the same hard, number-crunching negotiations and trading of proposals that would suggest a deal is imminent or even close. The lines of communication, as the saying goes, are wide open, but the real work lies ahead.

Now, let's be clear on something here. This is not to suggest Brent Burns is not going to re-sign in San Jose or that the Sharks don't want him. Far from it. It's way too soon to even imply that (see Steven Stamkos-Tampa Bay Lightning for reference, please).

Until we hear otherwise, we have to presume Burns wants to return to San Jose and I'd say it's patently obvious San Jose wants Burns back. Wilson is a huge Burns booster.

That said, all negotiations are interesting; this one could be intriguing for a number of reasons.

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Doug Wilson Statement On Tomas Hertl Not Playing In The World Cup

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson today released the following statement regarding Tomas Hertl's decision to withdraw from the World Cup of Hockey.
"After speaking with Tomas, we're pleased that he has chosen to put his commitment to the Sharks and his teammates first.
"I know he's disappointed to not be able to represent his country but Tomas is on track to be ready for the start of the NHL season and he doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize that.
"Tomas had a breakthrough season last year, particularly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we're excited to see him build on that progress this coming year."

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The Future Of Ben Bishop And Patrick Marleau

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

Entering 2016-17, the future is uncertain for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau. Both are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency and it remains to be seen if they have a place in the long-term plans of their respective clubs.

Bishop, 29, is considered among the league’s elite goalies. He was a finalist last season for the Vezina Trophy, backstopping the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup final and the 2016 Eastern Conference final.

Marleau, who turns 37 on Sept. 15, is entering his 19th NHL season with the Sharks. With 25 goals and 48 points in 2015-16, he exceeded 44 points for the 16th time and 20 goals for the 13th time. He also helped the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history.

The Lightning’s limited salary cap space beyond 2016-17, the need to re-sign key forwards Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin and competition from promising goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will affect Bishop’s future in Tampa Bay. For Marleau, his age and recent decline in production could lead to his potential departure from San Jose.


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A Four-Year Deal For Mikkel Boedker And The San Jose Sharks

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