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What’s going on with Brent Burns?

Nov 6, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Brent Burns‘ season started about as well as he could’ve hoped, scoring eight points in eight games as the Sharks went 7-0-1.

Things haven’t gone so well since.

On Oct. 19, Burns took a puck to the mouth in a 6-3 win over Calgary. He sat out the following game with sore gums — which, as you can imagine, wasn’t cause for concern of a major long-term injury.

Problem is, Burns hasn’t played since.

Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Buffalo was Burns’ seventh straight game on the shelf. Reports out of San Jose regarding his condition have been vague and limited — he’s skated some, even took the ice in full pads once — but on Wednesday, he left the ice early (after skating in a non-contact jersey) and declined the media’s interview requests.

The Sharks have been tight-lipped about Burns’ health status, staying far away from any word that might rhyme with “boncussion.”

For example, here’s the “update” head coach Todd McLellan gave CSN Bay Area on Monday:

“Getting closer, from what I’ve been told,” Todd McLellan said on Monday. “He’s welcome back any time, obviously. We’d love to have him back with our team. From my understanding, he’s getting closer.”

Could Burns return to practice this week?

”I don’t have that. He and the trainers and the doctors know when that will happen,” McLellan said.

CSN’s Kevin Kurz says San Jose’s been “vague” with specifics on Burns, but it’s clear the team isn’t the same without him. The Sharks are just 3-1-3 without Burns in the lineup, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those that paid attention to the team last year.

Many cite Burns’ move to forward as a major catalyst for turning around its ’13 campaign. At one point, Burns had 26 points in 30 games after moving up from defense, and San Jose went 20-9-1 over that same stretch.

His skating ability and forechecking prowess gave the Sharks a dramatically different look up front, which allowed them to spread their offensive talent throughout their top three forward lines.

So, there’s no doubt San Jose wants Burns back in the lineup.

The question now is, when will it happen?

  1. hockey412 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Love watching this guy (as much as any East Coast guy gets to watch a West Coast player)…hopefully he heals up soon. More games than not I wish the Pens would make the same move with Letang (move to wing, not hit him in the mouth with a puck).

    Boncussion….oh yinz guys…….

    • titansrbeast - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Can’t wait to have this freak back. I never expected him to be out for any length of time when he was smacked in the lips. Also, hockey412, what the hell does yinz mean? Is that like a Pittsburgh thing instead of saying “you’s”? Because if so, that’s the weirdest thing ever.

      • hockey412 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Yeah, unfortunately that’s the native tongue for “you’s”…and it’s not just weird, it’s also stupid. But trust me, it’s not going ANYWHERE…it’s here to stay.

  2. skr213 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    It wasn’t the puck to the mouth that was the problem, it was the goalie stick to the mouth the week before (at least according to San Jose Mercury sources). The puck just made it worse, I guess?

    • 19to77 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Multiple blows to the head, extended missed time… ugh. The sad story of the NHL in general these days.

      • skr213 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Supposedly this is an issue with his nasal passages and sinuses, not concussions. I’d imagine that trying to play hockey with a compromised ability to breath would be pretty difficult.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    History of concussions for Burns is not a good sign. Hope he comes back sooner than later but in good health!

  4. purpleguy - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Maybe he’s just trying to grow his beard back.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      And his hair?

  5. cubsfan101 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Kamra for that filthy cheap shot on Brenden Morrow?

    • elvispocomo - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      So close…

  6. sjsharks66 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    What the hell is Kamra?

    • pxland - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      North Korean Toyota knock-off.

  7. jhuck92 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Samson wasn’t supposed to cut his hair, either

  8. FU Critics United - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Burns’s not Burns’. Please learn to spell.

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