-- The new "Mouth of the South" is back at the Madhouse on Madison, but Adam Burish
will be wearing the visiting uniform of the Dallas Stars
instead of the home jersey of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks
That, combined with the fact Burish was one of the most popular players among teammates and fans in Chicago, has his former teammates already anticipating Wednesday's game at the United Center. The scene likely will rekindle some fond memories for Burish, who spent four seasons in Chicago earning a reputation as a scrapper on the ice and amateur comedian off it.
Hawks forward Patrick Sharp
and Burish, who used to be road roommates, regularly trash talked each other as TV cameras rolled -- and Burish always had something to say if asked. That much hasn't changed, according to Sharp, who stays in touch with Burish through texts and phone calls.
In fact, Sharp said after Tuesday's practice that Burish has ramped up the banter this week.
"It's never stopped," he said. "I could hear him coming in off the airport from the plane. I'm sure he's real excited about the game. I'll get to see him tonight and this afternoon, so it's nice to catch up with him. But once the game starts it will be business as usual."
Speaking of which, Sharp wore a big smile while saying that he'll be looking to lay a hit on his buddy.
"I think that goes without saying," he said. "He'd better keep his head up on the ice. There's been a lot of talk about him coming after me, but we'll try and do it the other way around."
"Sharp hasn't gone after anybody in his whole career. Who's he going to hurt? I'm not scared of Sharpie. He's not going to hurt anyone. He's good-looking and he's got the nice hair and smile, but that's all he's got going. I'm not scared of him." -- Adam Burish, on Patrick Sharp
Burish got a good chuckle from that comment when told about it after Dallas' practice.
"Sharp hasn't gone after anybody in his whole career," Burish quipped. "Who's he going to hurt? I'm not scared of Sharpie. He's not going to hurt anyone. He's good-looking and he's got the nice hair and smile, but that's all he's got going. I'm not scared of him."
Chatter like that is exactly what the Hawks are expecting to hear from Burish on the ice, too.
"It's Burish," Hawks forward Troy Brouwer
said. "He's always got something to say. We know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is, so I'm sure there will be a couple funny remarks."
Just being back in the United Center alone could prompt that, according to Chicago forward Jack Skille
-- who, like Burish, played at the University of Wisconsin and is from Madison, Wisc.
"He's back in the Madhouse here. He's going to be looking to be excited and run around and run his mouth probably. But you know what? It's all part of the game and that's what he does," Skille said. "That's how he's successful out there. We're just going to worry about our game and he's going to be doing his part, too."