Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, May 14, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 7, 2000. Traded to NY Rangers by Ottawa for Jason Doig and Jeff Ulmer, June 29, 2001. Signed as a free agent by San Antonio (AHL), December 18, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Utah (AHL), December 20, 2003. Signed as a free agent by St. John's (AHL), January 26, 2004.
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