Lee Stempniak of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to his first game as the Leafs prepare to face the Atlanta Thrashers during a game at the Air Canada Centre on November 25, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo By Dave Sandford/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