BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins reaches for the puck in front of John-Michael Liles #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/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