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Brent Burns wants the Minnesota Wild to lose every game

Nov 9, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

Brent Burns Sharks

PHT is a big advocate of Brent Burns. We like his Twitter account, tattoos, homemade zoo, pink socks — he’s easily one of the NHL’s funniest, most personable players.

That personality came shining through in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News.

In advance of the Sharks’ game Thursday against the Wild — his first time playing in Minnesota since being traded to San Jose — Burns shared some feelings about his former team.

There were plenty of choice quotes:

— “I want them to lose every game. You think I want them to do well?”

— “I’ve been watching how they’ve been doing, hoping that they would lose every game. 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.”

— “I have a lot of friends there and you want them to score six goals and lose.”

“It’s like an ex-girlfriend. You really don’t want her to get the white-picket fence and the great job. It’s like a good country song.”

To be fair, these comments must be put in proper context. The Merc states Burns wasn’t speaking with any bitterness towards Minnesota — in fact, he talked at length about how much he liked the place. He still has a house there, loved the fans and said the Wild will always be a huge part of his life.

And when he says huge, he really means huge. See, Burns has a fairly massive tattoo on his back with a picture of his pets and the word “Wild” in green script. Not to be outdone, Burns’ dad has a “Born to Be Wild” comet with the Wild logo. Inside logo reads, “Brent Burns, First Round, 20th Overall, 2003.”

Burns isn’t the only player keeping an eye on Thursday’s affair. Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley will face their former Sharks mates for the first time since being traded — Heatley spent two seasons in San Jose (going to the Western Conference final twice) while Setoguchi was drafted by the Sharks in 2005, playing five years with the club.

  1. pandorasdadca - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    This should be a fun game tomorrow night. I am gonna get to the Tank early!!

  2. sknut - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    I am liking how these trades have worked out so far. it should be quite the game.

  3. whatswellydoing - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Nice to see an NHL player with some actual personality.

    • bigbear42 - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      Couldnt agree more. Im actually surprised that people arent complaining about these quotes. Its really refreshing to see this.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Love Burns, miss him but he wasn’t the best of all fits in Minny if you think about it. He needs a great paring Dman and we coudln’t offer that. Take his pending contract situation coming up, and that the Wild were looking to get younger…… good trade for both teams. Love burns but I love my Wild more. Miss ya and wish you the best except for when you play the Wild (of course) 😀 tomorrow will be fun

  5. imleftcoast - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Halford, don’t you play beer league? How are these quotes surprising to you? If your mom kicked you out the basement, wouldn’t you hope that the basement didn’t find some other guy with a computer and flabby butt?

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