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Hurricane-energized Burns has an electrifying night with Sharks

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Within three days, the 37-year-old attorney worked at a hurricane facility, searched for a home in the area, and did everything possible to make a smooth transition for him and his family. Friday would come for Burns if he didn’t have time to reflect on his 11th season at San Jose and say goodbye.

After opening the season at home with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, the Hurricanes will visit the Sharks at the SAP Center (10:30 PM ET; NBCSCA, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW). Dates immediately popped up when Burns saw Carolina’s schedule.

“I don’t usually see things like that, but it is,” he said. would be fun.”

It will be the home opener for the Sharks, who started the season with two losses to the Nashville Predators in the NHL Global Series on October 7 and 8 in Prague. It will be an emotional night for Barnes.

The long-bearded, camouflage-wearing animal lover quickly became part of the Sharks’ core after being acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on June 24, 2011. Joe PavelskyTogether they helped San Jose reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 2016 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Thornton (unsigned), Marlowe (retired) and Pavelski (Dallas Stars) are also no longer playing for the Sharks, but Burns will see many familiar faces on Friday.

“It’s still weird to go to ‘Minnie’ and it’s been 11 years,” Barnes said. “Yeah, definitely weird.”

As San Jose tries to bounce back on the spot after missing the Stanley Cup playoffs the past three seasons, one of the first moves under new general manager Mike Greer, who took over on July 5, is Barnes and Forward Lane Pederson was traded to Carolina as a forward. Stephen Lorenzgoaltender prospect Eetu Makiniemi and a conditional third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Barnes, who has three seasons left on the eight-year contract he signed in 2016, had to approve the trade before it could be completed.

“He had three teams he could trade, and he wasn’t on that list at first,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. and he said he would be right over, so that was encouraging. After we worked it out and I spoke to him, a few days later he moved out of the house. I was here to buy it.I came back and got family and moved here and he’s been going to the gym ever since.”

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Barnes, who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2016-17, was thrilled at the opportunity to play for a team in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. Carolina has qualified for the playoffs the past four seasons, but the 2019 Eastern has not made it past the second round since reaching the conference finals. The Jack Adams Award named him NHL Coach of the Year for 2020-21.

“I always heard how special Rod was as a coach and what they were building here,” Barnes said. “It’s no secret of the league. I haven’t played against them very often, but I’ve found it’s not always a fun place to come and play. I think that was the important thing. Even in San Jose, when we were really good, it was the important thing.

“And the city had a lot to offer. Obviously, I love the outdoors. There are a lot of things.”

Burns wasted no time getting into it all. He and his wife Susan, daughter Peyton, 12, son Jaguar, 11, and daughter Olivia, 3, lived in his RV for about 1 hour while the family waited to move into their new home. I lived there for a month. Find schools, doctors and sports teams for your kids.

Jagger played on the same travel hockey team as Brindamore’s 10-year-old son Brooks.

“I had to spend a lot of time with him and his family,” Brindamore said. “He’s really energetic. I think it’s a good time for a guy at that point in his career to get a new place, whether it’s here or elsewhere. I remember that stage. It’s not difficult, but it can help you breathe fresh air and feel new energy when you go to a new place.”

Spending the offseason in North Carolina instead of on a Texas ranch gave Barnes the opportunity to meet new teammates, including his defensive partners. Jacob Slavinlives in the area year-round with his wife, Kylie, and two young children. The Slavins has proven to be a valuable resource providing recommendations to realtors, schools and pediatricians.

“I was trying to do the best I could,” Slavin said. “He’s been to church a few times with me too so it was fun and just hanging out was’s fun to see his passion for the game and on the ice he’s really real” He’s a guy. Talkative and open to any conversation.”

Burns’ commitment to strength and conditioning coach Bill Burniston and the gym was immediately impressive. .

Last season, Barnes scored 54 points (10 goals, 44 assists) and averaged 26:09 ice time in 82 games, ranking third in the NHL. He has scored at least 20 goals his three times and at least 60 points his five times, and his game record of 680 consecutive regular-season games is his second among active players. Phil Kessel (983) Vegas Golden Knights.

‘He’s just an animal,’ said Hurricane’s captain Jordan Stahl Said. “He’s ready for work. He literally has a Carolina Hurricane mold on his T.”

Adding Barnes to the top defensive pairing of Slavin and Power Play Point was important for the Hurricanes, but we equally value him for bringing his experience and personality to the locker room.

“He’s big (6-foot-5, 230 pounds). He can defend and he can score. There’s nothing he can’t do,” Brindamore said. “I mean, it’s pretty good on its own. But when you add bonuses like characters, team aspects, and so on, I think that’s what puts the team on the hump in the end.”

Barnes, still hungry to lift the cup for the first time, wants to help the Hurricanes win their first championship since 2006.

he’s already at home

“I’m happy to be here,” Burns said. “Everything was great. When this was brought up, it wasn’t a hard decision to come here and have the opportunity to play with these guys. It’s exciting.”