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Sharks’ Burish doesn’t care for people ragging on Joe Thornton

Jul 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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Shortly after signing a four-year, $7.2 million deal with the San Jose Sharks, Adam Burish wasted no time in talking up his soon-to-be meal ticket, Joe Thornton.

In speaking with David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, Burish popped off at Jumbo Joe’s critics:

“I don’t know what’s missing, but if I were on the Sharks and I had to listen to everybody rag on Joe Thornton in the playoffs, that would piss me off because he’s one of the best players in the league. He’s so hard to play against.

“Hopefully I can get in there and give him a little excitement, too, and let him know from an outsider coming in, you are one of the best players in the league and forget all those writers and media people who are bothering you. I’m going to help you win the Stanley Cup because you deserve it.”

Burish’s role in San Jose is expected to be similar to the one he had with Chicago — namely, running around and yapping at anybody that messed with a star player (ie: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane or Marian Hossa.)

That said, it’s not as if Burish is all talk. He fought a career-high 16 times in 2007-08 — which, not coincidentally, was Kane’s and Toews’ rookie year — and will bring an edge to the Sharks that’s been missing in previous seasons.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    I wasn’t to excited when the sharks signed him, but now I can’t wait to see him play.

  2. supr49er - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Now Clowe will have someone to help with the fighting.

  3. paledevil - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    A lot of people discount this signing But he will contribute! Mr Burish is one of those “heart and soul” of the team guys…

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Not too mention all of the cups Joe has won….oh wait, well all of the Cup finals he’s been to….oh wait…well he comes up huge in the playoffs…

  5. sjsharks66 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    ^burish is going to beat you up

  6. jpat2424 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Sharks fans you are getting a great role player. I’m a big burish fan. You are gonna love his antics and him as a player.

    Hawks fan

    • balewsquare - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. Love Burish. Miss him on the Hawks.

  7. ikillchicken - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Joe Thorton is a good player who probably takes more abuse than he deserves but really, he hasn’t been “one of the best players in the league” for at least several years.

  8. pantherpro - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Let’s get a cup for Joe this year. More tough guys like Burish. Renewing my tickets today. Fired up!

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