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Sharks mulling Burns’ potential 2013-14 role

Jun 25, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have a good problem, but one that needs to be address nonetheless. They had defenseman Brent Burns serve as a forward during the 2013 campaign and the 28-year-old was successful in that role.

He’s also very appealing to use as an offensive defenseman, but he obviously can’t do everything at once. The Sharks want to pick a role for him sooner rather than later and Burns would probably appreciate that too given that it will influence how he prepares for the 2013-14 campaign, according to CSN Bay Area.

When they originally acquired Burns from Minnesota, they saw him as a possible long-term successor for blueliner Dan Boyle. He still might serve in that role, but the Sharks think that Boyle, 36, still has several years of NHL hockey left in him, so that’s not an urgent need.

Maybe if it was, Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s decision would be easier, but as it is, he’s still on the fence.

“It’s where we need to use him, and the timing of that this year, was we needed him up front,” Wilson said. “He filled a need for us. We wanted to play an attacking game. I don’t know how you defend against him because he doesn’t know what he’s doing, so how do they know? But, that was part of how we wanted to play. We’re coming after you, we’re attacking, and he fit perfectly.

“But he can also, when we get to the decision point, it could be a different decision this year than it could be next year.”

  1. tcclark - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Burns is a good defensemen. Play him on defense. They’re a lot harder to come by than good wingers. This is a no brainer.

    • nicoyashark - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      He’s a great d man but sadly our prob this season wasn’t defense but offense. If nemo can give us another great season like the last one id rather see burns as a winger.

      • tcclark - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        good wingers are a dime a dozen. You can find wingers in the draft or free agency. Play the good defenseman on defense and sign a winger

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Keep him as a forward with Thornton. Sign a defenseman during the offseason.

  3. kingfooj - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    ” I don’t know how you defend against him because he doesn’t know what he’s doing, so how do they know?”

    quote of the day

  4. tlow97 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    When he was with the Wild, Nick Schultz would say that he never really knew what Burns would do as his D partner–he’s just unpredictable.

    I would think that you’d want a more calm presence back on the blue line (though Burns is physically gifted to make up for mistakes). Why not throw him at RW with Joe and let him wreak havoc??

  5. xxakshunxx - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    i’d keep him on offense and then if you have any injuries to the D he could always move back

  6. kurioscowboy - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    D. Its becoming harder and harder to find quality defense anymore.

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