Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/25/11 at 10:30 AM ET
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
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