Traded to Washington by Chicago with Dave Hutchinson for Washington's 6th round choice (Jari Torkki) in 1983 Entry Draft and Washington's 5th round choice (Darin Sceviour) in 1984 Entry Draft, August 24, 1982. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 30, 1983.
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