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TSN's Scott Cullen issues "Three Quarter NHL Awards," and his Hart Trophy pick is...intiguging...
Winner: Brent Burns, D, San Jose
Runners-Up: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh; Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton
This is a difficult decision. Crosby has been my pick through the first two installments, but as his goal-scoring pace has slowed, it gets more reasonable to consider Burns, a defenceman who is leading the league in shots on goal and has more than a point per game. Furthermore, Burns is on pace for 34 goals, and the last time a defenceman scored that many goals, had better than a point per game and four shots on goal per game was Doug Wilson in 1981-1982 (The only other defenceman to meet those thresholds in a season was some guy by the name of Orr, three times).
This isn’t to take away from Crosby, who is having a great season, and McDavid, who is leading the league in scoring in his second season, but Burns’ season is extraordinary, and we’re far enough down the road that I’ve shifted into Burns’ corner, though it’s admittedly a close race.
Some others to consider: Chicago right winger Patrick Kane, who is suddenly second in the league with 70 points, is probably the best candidate outside the top three. Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov and Jeff Carter have all been really good, too, but not quite at the same level.
And being surprised by 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.
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.
added 4:23pm, San Jose press release is below...
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.
"I think it's good for hockey in many ways. Obviously, they reach a huge amount of households, and a lot of people watch it if you're a hockey fan or not. It may bring in more people, let them see how great the game is and get them addicted to hockey like the rest of us."
"When you walk into a bar, you walk into a restaurant, you walk into any place in the United States or basically the world, ESPN's on. We still have that over any other sports network in the world: the fact that we're on just about everywhere all the time."
-Barry Melrose of ESPN.
Stephen Whyno of the AP has much more about hockey on ESPN.
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Beyond the colossal 44-½-foot RV backed into the driveway, the first thing visitors notice upon entering Brent Burns’s home is a life-sized, armored medieval knight keeping watch over the foyer, spear at his side. Fear not, though, for this is a welcoming place.
Burns invited me here one day after practice in late April, between the Sharks’ first-round win over Los Angeles and the start of their Western Conference semifinals series against Nashville. He kicked off his shoes, offered a cheery hello to the cleaning crew and walked out back, underneath the American flags gifted to him by military units that hang over the kitchen and the unopened Brent Burns Chia Pet box sitting on the counter.
Burns and his wife, Susan, bought this place in 2012, after his first season with San Jose. It’s close enough to the team's practice facility that he enjoys biking there in the summer. He also likes the spacious backyard where sometimes the family pitches tents, lights a fire, grills meat, toasts s’mores and camps out under the stars. Right now, he’ll settle for tossing some chicken onto the Green Egg while his two huskies, Zeus and Maia, lounge at his feet.
It was a beautiful afternoon, as afternoons often are in San Jose, and much of our conversation over the next four hours made it into a feature story in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. Yes, Burns fully embraces the public’s image of him that he calls “being a goofy donkey.” For instance, during lunch, he’ll open a package of beard wax that had been gifted by a company and begin working his mustache into a curl. “This is pretty soft, this one,” he says. “It’ll be hard to get the twist.”
Cassie Campbell-Pascall talks with Brent Burns about eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from the NHL Playoffs.
Below and also from Sportsnet,
Michal Neuvirth spoke after his clutch 44-game shutout to get the Flyers another win and push the Capitals to Game 6.
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
About a minute before Pavelski’s first goal, Brent Burns leveled Chris VandeVelde, lowering his shoulder into his face and causing him to hit the ice hard. No penalty was called, much to the disbelief of Flyers coach Dave Hakstol.
"In my opinion, it's a direct contact to the head. A guy that's engaged with another player without the puck," Hakstol said. "...That needs to be called."
After the game, VandeVelde said he felt "OK." He did not return to the game after the hit, with about eight minutes left.
Chris Neil gets two for charging and Bobby Farnham is surprised by an embellishment call, watch below...
by Mike Shackil,
In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.
The Associated Press reports that San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson plans on making several changes to his team, and he's more than willing to share his agenda with those who'll listen:
Wilson said Thursday that he told pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle that he will not be re-signed, informed unproductive forward Martin Havlat that he will not be back next season and moved top-line wing Brent Burns back to defense after he had spent more than a year as a forward on captain Joe Thornton's line.
These changes come two weeks after the Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.
Wilson spent the past two weeks meeting with coaches and players to help determine what went wrong in the final four games against Los Angeles and how to get a team that has been one of the best in the regular season the past decade over the playoff hump.
"You want to be careful not to change too many things, but you better be really careful that you're not just avoiding what really needs to take place," Wilson said. "There's two sides to that. I think what we need to do is much more drastic than just putting a Band-Aid on it."
Assistant coach Larry Robinson will be back but could have an expanded role that includes some front-office duties. ... Wilson said talks have already begun to keep backup G Alex Stalock, who can be an unrestricted free agent. ... Pavelski (shoulder) and F Raffi Torres (knee) had operations after the season.
No penalty on the play.
Did Perry try to "draw" the call?
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Afterward, coach Todd McLellan voiced more concern about the potential loss of Burns than he did with how his team—which has only one victory in its past five games—played against the NHL team with fewer points than all but one other.
“The doctors are still evaluating him,” the coach said. “I know he doesn’t feel good, and I would doubt that he’s going to play for us tomorrow. It’s knee on knee, he doesn’t return, and he’s not walking very well.”
Though the initial pain had subsided, Burns still seemed to be in discomfort when he talked with reporters about the hit and his initial reaction.
“You feel pretty hot, and I thought I was going to throw up,” said Burns, who initially went to the bench, then headed to the locker room once he felt a little better.
Burns also wanted to make it clear he didn’t regard Hemsky as a dirty player delivering a cheap shot.
“It happens. It’s a quick game, it’s a quick reaction,” Burns said. “I’ve been on the other end. It’s not his fault. I know that.”
more on the game and watch the hit below…
from Mark Emmons of Working the Corners,
(Brent) Burns said he has been paying close attention to the Wild, who are riding a five-game winning streak and could be the NHL’s hottest team right now. But while he has a lot of close friends in the organization, he made it clear that he’s not rooting for the Wild as a team.
“I’ve been watching how they’ve been doing, hoping that they would lose every game,” he continued. “You have to be competitive to reach this level and I’m a pretty intense guy. And when a team doesn’t want you, you sure don’t want them to go 82-0.”
And one more: “I have a lot of friends there and you want them to score six goals and lose.”
The new glass and those new boards at Sharks Ice that I mentioned before: it is the same setup they will use at HP this season. It is awesomely bendy. It’s enough to make me wonder if it won’t have enough bounce to toss players back across the ice after they hit it. I don’t want anyone hurling himself around sooner than necessary but I am looking forward to seeing that glass in action.
Jon Gustafson, General Manager of Sharks Ice, provided some details: “The actual glass system sits in a pliable seat. Within the boards there is a spring mechanism which allows the glass to be more flexible.” The glass in the corners doesn’t look any wider than before, but it is also attached to the boards with the new springy mechanism. This same system is being installed in various rinks around the NHL.
I took a little tour of South Bay ice rinks this morning into afternoon. Despite being on the wrong side of the Bay for convenience, I found what I was looking for. A tour was not what I had planned, it just worked out that way and it’s how I trick myself into driving all over hell and gone.
The skate was a little late getting started at Sharks Ice, which gave me time to wonder if, even after so many trips to this rink, I was wrong about where the unofficial optional and coachless practice-like activity would be taking place. I had the trusty tweet from David Pollak telling me it was to be in the south rink but the rinks are not labeled.
Burns signed a 5 year extension with the San Jose Sharks. Wow. I want to say that’s very Pisces of him, a “just do it” attitude like that. Alrighty then. (I just knew that if I started this morning’s blog entry out with “Sharks haven’t made any big announcements,” they would do something. Yeah, I meant to do that.)
David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period tweeted “Wow… $5.75M/year for Burns… I didn’t think he would cash in THAT much!” Huh. I’m going to have to look up all the possible connotations of “cash in.” I think it is safe to say a lot of people expected Burns to command a little more than that, if everything went well.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brent Burns to a five-year contract extension.
“We are thrilled that Brent has stepped forward and made long-term commitment to the San Jose Sharks, his new teammates and our fans,” said Wilson. “When we acquired Brent, it was our intention to make sure that he remained an important piece of our organization moving forward and we are very pleased that we have been able to do that. As an elite-level defenseman who is just entering his prime, we are looking forward to meshing Brent’s skills with our existing core group.”
Brent Burns is exactly the sort of player the Sharks needed to get: a big fancy D-man. Now they have him, for one year. Will he stay? It’s a question that will be overplayed like Paula Abdul’s pop hit. We probably won’t get an answer for some time.
Google Brent Burns and you find a slew of articles saying he is wonderful and Doug Wilson is a shining champion for acquiring him. There’s not much noise about losing him, except from Minny. Wilson doesn’t want us worrying about that either:
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Blockbuster: SJS trades Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and 1st pick (No. 28) to MIN for Brent Burns and a 2nd rd pick.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Brent Burns and a second round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round selection (28th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Burns, 26, was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 2010-11, appearing in 80 games and posting 46 points (17-29=46), which tied for 14th most amongst all NHL defensemen. Also amongst League defensemen, his 17 goals ranked third and his 8 power play goals were tied for third. He set career highs in points, goals, assists, penalty minutes (98) and shots (170) in 2010-11. Playing in every situation, he averaged 2:42 seconds of penalty kill time per game to go along with his 3:03 seconds of power play time per game.
The seven-year NHL veteran, all of which have come with Minnesota, has posted 183 career points (55-128=183) in 453 games played. He has appeared in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting three points (0-3=3).
“Brent is an elite first-pairing defenseman that is just coming into his prime,” stated Wilson. “We feel that he gives our blueline tremendous depth and versatility and will augment our existing core. He combines a dangerous offensive prowess with an abrasive presence in the defensive zone.”
via Michael Russo tweet,
Brent Burns has been suspended 2 games for butt-ending Steve Bernier
You can watch the butt-end here if you missed it earlier.
TORONTO (Nov. 13, 2010) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns has been suspended for two games, without pay, for careless use of his stick in an incident with Florida Panthers’ player Steve Bernier at the conclusion of NHL game #230 on November 12, 2010.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Burns will forfeit $38,172.04. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At the end of the game which Florida won 2-1.
20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 5 minutes, fighting
20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 10 minutes, game misconduct
20:00 Minnesota Cal Clutterbuck: 2 minutes, roughing
20:00 Florida Bryan Allen: 2 minutes, cross checking
Their are reports Burns also received a five minute major for the butt-end so the penalty log may change.
via George Richards tweet,
Steve Bernier has probable broken left cheekbone, alert and drinking water while loaded into ambulance
via Michael Russo tweet,
Brent Burns: “I didn’t mean to do that. He just came at me, and I think it was my glove that got him.”
added 11/13/10 at 4:29am, watch the video below…
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Ron Salcer, best known in these parts as the agent for free agent Marian Gaborik, accused the Wild of negligence Friday, saying it allowed one of his other clients, defenseman Brent Burns, to play six weeks with a concussion.
Acting Wild General Manager Tom Lynn disputed the substance of Salcer’s claims.
Burns, 24, was injured in practice Jan. 26 but wasn’t shut down until March 7. He is still affected with severe postconcussion syndrome.
“I met with Brent in L.A. [March 6],” Salcer said. “We’re having lunch with him and [fellow client Derek Boogaard] and he’s telling me about when he hit his head six weeks earlier. So I’m listening to him, and I’m incredulous listening to him.
“He’s telling me how, ‘Ronny, I’m an avid reader and I’m not able to read on the bus anymore. I get headaches that go all around my head. I can’t sleep. During the game, I’m not focusing. I feel like everything is happening, but I’m reacting slow. I go, ‘Brent, are you kidding me? You’ve got a concussion. You cannot play. You cannot play anymore!’
read on plus the Gaborik topic is brought up too…