Burns says goodbye to San Jose
The Brent Burns era of the San Jose Sharks is officially over as the longtime Sharks defenseman was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday. Burns was dealt, along with Lane Pederson, to Steven Lorentz, Eetu Makiniemi and a 2023 third-round pick. San Jose also retained 34% of Burns’ cap over the next three years.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Burns had some thoughts on Sharks territory.
In some ways, this trade was a long time coming, although according to Burns, it materialized quickly. San Jose has missed the playoffs for three straight years and the 37-year-old Burns won’t have many more kicks in the box for a Stanley Cup.
It was just about time, and Burns couldn’t find a better partner to work with at this crossroads in his career than new San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier and interim Sharks general manager Joe Will. .
“I think as a former player he knows what I’m going through. He’s coming to a new team to make his mark and he’s been great. He’s been very supportive of me. We had a great conversation about where I’m in my career and he’s been very open and honest with us,” Burns said. “I will say Joe Will was great with me too. I think over the year he’s been great with our team and what we were going through.
However, he leaves with a heavy heart. Asked about a potential pairing with star defender Jaccob Slavin, Burns couldn’t help but talk about his chemistry with his latest defensive partner.
“I had a great deal with a young guy from San Jose, Mario Ferraro, who is a promising guy and having a blast on the ice,” he said. “On the ice, it was a great time to play with him, and development is, I think, one of the best things in hockey, when you start to develop a chemistry with someone and you start to read each other so easily.”
In fact, Ferraro is one of the few Sharks Burns was able to speak to yesterday.
“Things like this happened pretty quickly. I rode a 45ft rig [all day]. So the communication was not very easy,” he said with a laugh. “But yeah, I made a few calls today with some guys and it’s tough. I think we’ve seen a lot of our guys go every year. We’ve had guys who left in the last couple of years who meant a lot to us. It was our mentors who stood out and made many of us the players we are today.
Burns joins the exodus of flagship Sharks who left recently: Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Doug Wilson, Patrick Marleau, Justin Braun, Martin Jones, to name a few.
Even last season, Burns loved the group that included longtime teammates Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
“I think we had a great group last year,” he said. “We didn’t do what we wanted obviously, but the guys in the room, we played hard for each other every night.”
But now it’s time for Burns to look to the future. He won a Norris Trophy, he’s probably a Hall of Famer, but still doesn’t have a Stanley Cup on his resume. And while time isn’t on the 37-year-old’s side, 1,251 games into his NHL career, he knows he can still make an impact.
“I think I’m in better shape every year. So I know I’m in the back nine. I know I’m an older guy. I played for a long time, but I feel good. I still feel very competitive,” he said. “I know I can contribute at a high level and I think it’s just one of those things that is good for both [me and the Sharks].”
In some ways, the 37-year-old will go to camp this fall feeling a lot like he did when he was 26. The last time Burns was traded was in June 2011, when the Minnesota Wild sent him to San Jose.
“That’s one of the things that I find really exciting for me. That those nerves, they create so much energy and excitement,” he said.
“There is a sadness. Lots of backtracking,” he added, “but a huge rush to Carolina. »
Burns will leave the San Jose Sharks as the highest scoring defenseman in franchise history and one of its most notable personalities. And he’s thrilled to move from one underrated hockey town to another:
“It’s always a place where when you play there, it’s crazy. I’ve always been a guy who comes to games early, and there are people who heel. I think it’s just a place so special and a noisy building,” Burns said of Carolina. “I mean, there’s a lot of similarities to San Jose. People don’t realize what a great hockey town it is.
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