Claimed by Minnesota (Cleveland-AHL) from Boston in Reverse Draft, June, 1970. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by Atlanta from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by Atlanta for Bill Hogaboom, June 16, 1972. WHA rights traded to Cleveland (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) for cash, June, 1973.
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