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Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:51 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 6:52 pm
Burns1By: Adam Gretz

For San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, his former team, the Minnesota Wild, are like the ex-girlfriend that "you really don't want to see get the white-picket fence." In other words, you want her to fail because she dumped you for somebody else. At least that's the message he seemed to give to Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday as his new team gets set to have its first meeting of the season with his former team on Thursday night. 

If nothing else, it was going to be an interesting matchup for no other reason than the two clubs were involved in a series of trades over the summer. One involved the Sharks sending Dany Heatley to the Wild for Martin Havlat, while the other saw Burns get shipped to San Jose in exchange for Devin Setoguchi.

Burns, of course, was a first-round draft pick by the Wild back in 2003 and spent six productive seasons in Minnesota prior to the trade. Now that he's no longer a member of the team he told Emmons that he wants his former team to lose every game. It should be pointed out that Emmons said Burns "didn't speak with any bitterness," and even had a smile on his face while the interview was taking place. But still, the comments, via Working the Corners...
... “I want them to lose every game,” Burns said Wednesday. “You think I want them to do well?”

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

... “Now 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.”
So he's probably not thrilled the Wild have won five games in a row, while only allowing three goals in the process, and currently own an 8-3-3 record, just one point out of the top spot in the Northwest Division.

Given that Emmons, again, said that Burns had a smile on his face it's hard to gauge just how much dislike, if that's the word you want to use, Burns has for his former team. But it's probably safe to say there isn't as much anger in this situation as there was back in 2008 when Barry Melrose said he hoped the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that fired him after just 16 games, didn't win a game the rest of the season. That was a truly bitter situation.

Still, it is something to keep an eye on for when the Sharks make their first visit to Minnesota (Thursday's game is in San Jose), which will not happen until Jan. 10.

After scoring a career-high 17 goals with the Wild last season, the 26-year-old Burns has three goals and two assists through the first 13 games for San Jose.

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Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:30 pm

Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

Burns is a good defensman and his numbers show it, his probkem has always ben stayin healthy. He hasent reached his ceiling yet. Young, physical and has a nice shot. I have no problem with what he said Id probably be the same way.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:16 pm

Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

I enjoyed watching Burns play while he was on the Wild but the trades between the teams definately helped the Wild. Havlat was never going to be Gabby so he had to go & Burns although exciting offensively was a negative player defensively.  The Wild's young defensemen have played well enough so far this year but it is unrealistic to believe their goaltending will be this stellar all year.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:44 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:11 am

Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

Burns has been one of the most overrated players in the NHL his entire time in the league. He has never been one to elavate anyone around him like great players always do. If he was really such a great defenseman why did the Wild try him at forward? The Sharks got fleeced and will regret ever trading for Burns. Go ahead and tell me I am wrong but wait until after the conference semifinals please. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:38 pm

Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

Players need to learn to keep their mouths shut about stuff like that. Nothing good can come of it, and who knows, maybe someone will be about to ease up on a hard hit, and then "Oh yeah, it's Burnsie". "I hope they do well, and I hope my new team does even better" would have been perfect.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:36 pm

Brent Burns wants to see the Wild lose

Brentie-pie, just play hockey. The "picked to win it all" (again) Sharks don't need your high-school mentality and the associated extra distractions it causes.

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