Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, June 9, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 17, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 6, 2004. Traded to Phoenix by New Jersey with Pascal Rheaume and Steven Spencer for Brad Ference, November 25, 2005. Loaned to Springfield (AHL) by Phoenix (San Antonio-AHL) for cash, January 9, 2006.
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