DENVER - DECEMBER 11: Goaltender Antero Niittymaki #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save with his mask off a shot from a Colorado Avalanche player at the Pepsi Center on December 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense