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Give The Sharks A Win With Their Latest Trade

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Brent Burns, the defenseman acquired by general manager Doug Wilson from the Minnesota Wild for a two-players-and-a-pick package, was definitely the most talented and valuable man in the deal.

Let’s put it this way: Remember how the Sharks obtained Joe Thornton in 2005 and had to give up three players for him? Anyone remember the names of those three players today? Didn’t think so.

Burns is not a Thornton-level player. And of course, they play different positions. Thornton is a centerman. Burns is a hard-shooting and solid-hitting defenseman—although he actually started out his career as a forward and retains a lot of those offensive instincts.

“A hybrid,” Wilson called Burns at one point during a post-trade debriefing.

Burns might be a hybrid. But his engine has a lot of much-needed horsepower for a Sharks team that needed beefing up on the back line

read on

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MNWing's avatar

Yeah, one of those guys was named Brad Stuart, whom I believe has one more cup and two more finals appearances than Mr. Thornton—although not with the team he was traded to (who now also has one more cup than Mr. Thornton).

Posted by MNWing on 06/25/11 at 09:44 AM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

The Sharks better hope Burns resigns when his contract is up next season, still think they gave up too much for him…

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 06/25/11 at 12:21 PM ET


Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau were the others.

Posted by shep on 06/25/11 at 12:47 PM ET

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