Adam Burish

Video: Devils’ Tootoo hits Burish, then fights Desjardins


File this one under ‘typical NHL’.

New Jersey Devils tough guy Jordin Tootoo catches San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish with a clean shoulder to shoulder hit, which Andrew Desjardins takes exception to and the two drop the gloves.

The fight was Tootoo’s first as a member of the Devils.

Burish: ‘I get criticized for being hurt or injured. I read that stuff. I don’t care’


Following a year in which nothing went right health-wise, Sharks forward Adam Burish has a message for his critics.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“It’s been two tough years,” he acknowledged. “Last year, two injuries — and the frustrating part for me is I’ve taken good care of myself. I haven’t missed time with a pulled groin or a sore shoulder. I’ve blown my back out fighting the NHL fighting major leader in a game out of training camp, then I break my finger in a million places blocking a shot trying to get home ice advantage down the stretch against a last-place team.

“I get criticized for being hurt or injured. I read that stuff. I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me, but I’m doing it the way I’m paid to play to help this team. Am I going to get hurt blocking a shot some time? So be it. That’s what I need to do and that’s what I need to do to help this team. And that’s what’s frustrating to me.”

Burish signed a lengthy four-year, $7.2 million deal with the Sharks in 2012, but has struggled with various health issues during his time in the Bay Area. His lockout-shortened ’13 campaign ended prematurely after getting hurt in the playoffs against Vancouver, and he missed 67 games last year with the aforementioned back ailment (in a fight with Vancouver’s Tom Sestito) and finger injury — the latter sidelining him for all of the Sharks’ first-round defeat to Los Angeles.

When healthy, though, Burish can be an effective player. He’s an agitator extraordinaire that’s not afraid to speak his mind — two days after signing with the Sharks, he took aim at people criticizing Joe Thornton — and he’s one of the few players on San Jose’s roster to have won a Stanley Cup, something he accomplished with Chicago in 2010.

It’s San Jose Sharks day on PHT


You can pretty much sum up San Jose’s 2013-14 campaign with two words:

The collapse.

In the opening playoff round against Los Angeles, the Sharks became just the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead, the most disappointing playoff defeat for a franchise that knows plenty about them. The loss was so gut-wrenching, in fact, Logan Couture said the bitter feelings will “probably never” go away.

The collapse also started what’s been one of the most dramatic and, at times, dysfunctional offseasons in franchise history. After GM Doug Wilson and owner Hasso Plattner decided to retain the front office and coaching staffs, things got dramatic.

A sampling of PHT headlines from this summer:

GM Wilson suggests Sharks might need to ‘take one step backwards’

Kings could see fear in Sharks’ eyes before comeback

Sharks GM Wilson: ‘We now become a tomorrow team’

Columnist: Sharks are ‘having a bit of a nervous breakdown right now’

‘I want players that want to play here, not just live here,’ says San Jose GM

Marleau: Remarks that Sharks aren’t tight-knit not ‘a big thing’

Then came the moves.

Veteran d-man Dan Boyle wasn’t retained. Martin Havlat was bought out of his contract, Brad Stuart was traded to Colorado and Brent Burns was returned to defense.

But Wilson didn’t stop there.

Seemingly fixated on beefing up, Wilson re-signed tough guy Mike Brown and inked journeymen pugilists John Scott and Micheal Haley in free agency. This was, of course, with San Jose already employing the likes of Andrew Desjardins, Adam Burish and Raffi Torres. Then, sticking with the “tomorrow team” narrative, San Jose retained a number of its young players — Tommy Wingels, James Sheppard, Jason Demers and Alex Stalock.

But perhaps the biggest and most telling moves Wilson made… were the ones he didn’t make. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were retained despite rumors swirling around both; in early July, the Sharks actually brought back a longstanding veteran in blueliner Scott Hannan.

In the end, the offseason left people with more questions than answers, especially when it came to explaining what the Sharks were doing. Is this a re-build? A re-tool? A culture change?

We’ll spend most of today trying to figure it out.

Sharks beef up, sign Scott: one year, $700,000


The San Jose Sharks might let their fists do the talking next year.

Having already re-upped with noted pugilist Mike Brown on a two-year deal, the Sharks inked enforcer John Scott to a one-year, $700,000 deal on Wednesday. Scott, 31, is widely regarded as one of the NHL’s most feared individuals, thanks in large part to his stature — 6-foot-8, 259 pounds — and fighting ability:

“John brings a physical, no-nonsense element to our lineup,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. “As we integrate more younger players to our team, John’s presence alone can act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest.”

While there’s no denying Scott can do those things, it’s still unclear exactly why Wilson chose to go this route. Scott’s hardly a regular, having never played more than 56 games in any of his six NHL seasons and while he’ll add to the toughness department, it’s a department that didn’t seem to need an upgrade — the Sharks already had Brown, Andrew Desjardins, Adam Burish and Raffi Torres in the mix.

(Brown and Desjardins combined to fight 21 times last year, FYI.)

Sharks bring back Sommer, AHL’s longest-tenured coach

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Give San Jose credit — the organization is sticking to its word.

Following GM Doug Wilson’s assertion that this year’s playoff collapse shouldn’t affect the Sharks’ front office and coaching staff, the club has re-upped with AHL Worcester’s Roy Sommer — the league’s longest-tenured bench boss and all-time leader in games coached.

“The San Jose Sharks pride themselves in developing players within our organization and Roy has been an integral part of that success,” San Jose assistant GM Joe Will said in a statement. “I am looking forward to work closely with Roy and his staff next season in Worcester with a primary goal of winning the Calder Cup.”

So, a quick overview of what San Jose’s done this summer:

— Retained the services of both Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan.

— Extended associate coach Larry Robinson and promoted him to director of player development.

— Re-signed Will, despite the fact he had “several opportunities” with other NHL clubs.

— Re-upped with Sommer.

As such, it seems changes in San Jose will be entirely to the on-ice product. The team has already traded away the rights to longtime defenseman Dan Boyle and said it would part ways with Martin Havlat; CSN Bay Area floated the idea of a possible buyout for Adam Burish; both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been identified as potential trade targets and Alex Stalock was re-signed with the intention of challenging Antti Niemi for the No. 1 goaltending gig.

Also, Wilson announced that Brent Burns would be returning to play defense after skating this season as a forward.