Dallas Stars: Adam Burish

DALLAS – As a member of the Dallas Stars, the NHL’s realignment plan was a good deal for right wing Adam Burish. As the team’s player rep and a member of the NHLPA’s Executive Board, Burish has to take a big picture view.

“For the Stars it would have been great. Our division games, none are in the same time zone. That’s tough for us. The realignment would have been good for us,” Burish said. “Would it have been good for the Philadelphia Flyers or St. Louis Blues? Probably not as much as us. We are probably one of the teams, probably one of the few teams that it would have made a big difference on.

“The tough thing as a union, it’s not just the Dallas Stars or one group or another, it’s the whole union. … It’s tough for us as the Dallas Stars, but you just can’t look at it as our team.”

After Dallas’ 4-1 victory over Edmonton Saturday, Burish talked about the NHLPA’s decision to not provide consent to the NHL’s realignment plan that would have created a four-conference league in which the Stars would have moved to a more travel and time zone friendly conference with Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.

The NHLPA’s decision means realignment won’t happen next season, as the league had hoped. That means the Stars will stay in the Pacific Division and won’t get the travel relief realignment would have brought.

“When it came back and that was the ruling, obviously some of our guys were upset about it because it would have been a lot easier for us,” Burish said. “But say tomorrow you are playing in Columbus or the East Coast. Those guys are in their beds every night and that’s pretty nice. As a guy on the Executive Board you’ve got to look at it as a whole. There were a few things that needed to get fixed and didn’t. That’s why it ultimately came down to not working out.”

One of the key issues for the NHLPA was how teams qualified for the playoffs. In two of the conferences four of seven teams make the playoffs, while in the other two conferences four of eight teams make it.

“That’s probably half of it. That was a big part of it,” Burish said. “Those Eastern teams, they had only seven in their group and the Western teams had eight. That’s a big deal. Four out of seven is a big difference than four out of eight. Imagine in the West as it is now if nine teams got to go instead of eight. That’s a big deal. That was a big point of discussion. Ultimately, it was one of the big factors of why it didn’t work.”

Burish said he had no problem with the league setting a hard deadline for the NHLPA to make a decision on realignment, which likely have to wait until the 2013-14 season.

“The NHL said they needed a deadline, which is fair. They do,” Burish said. “The schedule has to get out. I don’t know how they do it, but it seems like it would take ten years to figure out where to put everyone. They need time and I understand that, too. At the end of the day it’s going to have to wait, I guess, another year.”
The Dallas Stars will host watching parties at Frankie's Sports Bar locations in both Dallas and Forth Worth for tonight's game against the New York Rangers. The parties start at 6:00 p.m.

And Stars forward Adam Burish, who is out with a broken hand, will make an appearance during the game at the Dallas watching party. According to the Stars, this marks the first time that a current Stars player has attended a watching party during the regular season.

Dallas Stars Ice Girls will be on hand at both locations giving away prizes.

Here are the locations:

Frankie’s Uptown
3227 McKinney Avenue Suite 102
Dallas, TX 75204

Frankie’s Fort Worth
425 West 3rd St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Dallas Stars have placed forward Adam Burish on injured reserve with a broken hand. Burish, who was injured in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to Florida when he was hit in the hand by a puck, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Stars also activated forward Steve Ott from injured reserve. Ott has missed the last six games with a hip injury. He is set to play in Friday's game at Colorado.

Adam Burish out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

November, 16, 2011
FRISCO -- Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken hand. Burish was injured in Tuesday night's 6-0 loss to the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center.

"He got hit with a puck," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "Brenden (Morrow) shot the puck and it hit him in the hand. He has a broken hand."

The Burish injury comes on the heels of the Stars losing defenseman Alex Goligoski for about four weeks when he suffered a broken thumb after getting hit with a puck in a game at Pittsburgh on Friday.

The Stars do have some good news on the injury front. Steve Ott, who has missed the last six games with a hip injury, is expected to return for Friday's game at Colorado. Ott will take the place of Burish on a line with Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.

Gulutzan also said forward Krys Barch is day-to-day after twisting his ankle in Tuesday's game.

Adam Burish: Everybody wrote us off

November, 9, 2011
Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish was on the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN 103.3 FM this morning and was asked if he was surprised by the Stars' strong start to the season -- Dallas has them the best record in the NHL at 11-3-0. Here's what Burish had to say:
“To be honest with you, going into the season, you can’t help but see what people are saying about your team, predicting about your team and everybody is picking you to finish last, to be a disappointing season, have no chance and write you off early. After last night’s game a bunch of us went to dinner and everybody said, ‘I’ve been telling people since training camp that if you look at our lineup and look our roster, we’re a good team.’ I think everybody, except the guys in our locker room, wrote us off. But you know what; we’ve got a pretty good darn team here.

Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish joins Ben and Skin to talk about the team's hot start and more.

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“If you think back to last year, for 50 games into the season, until we had a bunch of guys get hurt, we were right up at the top of the league last year, too. Then we had a bunch of injuries that kind of set us back. This year we added a lot of new pieces. Sure, we lost our star player in Brad Richards, but we added a lot of pieces that are important to winning. Maybe not that prolific 40-goal scorer, but guys that do little things that go into winning. Right now we are clicking and we are a confident group of guys. We’re having a lot of fun right now.”

Adam Burish out for Tuesday

March, 14, 2011
FRISCO -- Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish will miss his second straight game due to a lower body injury, according to coach Marc Crawford. Burish, who sat out Sunday's game against Los Angeles, did not practice Monday in Frisco and will not play Tuesday against San Jose.

"Adam's got a lower body injury and he's out against tomorrow," Crawford said after Monday's practice. "Basically, we're going to watch him progress here day by day and hopefully he continues to improve. He blocked a shot some time back and he's had some pain with it. Anybody that's watched us can see that it has affected his skating. We've made the decision to shut him down for a bit to see if that's going to make an improvement on it. As soon as he gets that improvement we all know that he'll be back in the lineup."

On the goaltending front, Crawford said he'll continue to ride Kari Lehtonen, who has started in ten straight games and 19 of the last 21 games. One of those games he didn't start he still ended up playing 58 minutes when Andrew Raycroft was pulled early.

"It's going to be a lot of Kari," said Crawford. "We're monitoring Kari as much as we can on our practice days and our off days, where we're going to limit the stress or the wear and tear in those areas. We've got to get him enough that he is sharp and allows himself to have that agony of repetition that allows you to be sharp. I think he's really played well for us. I think he's played with the energy that we want to see. And our games are spaced out right now so that we don't have to play him back-to-back."

Adam Burish out Sunday

March, 12, 2011
Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish will miss Sunday's game with a lower body injury, Stars coach Marc Crawford said after the team practiced in Euless today.

"He's out tomorrow for sure," Crawford said."It's from the blocked shot a few weeks ago. He's been playing with lots of pain. We're shutting him down for tomorrow and we'll see where he's at."

Burish had been back in the lineup for the last eight games after missing eight before that with a fractured orbital bone. The Stars have been 6-0-2 in those eight games since Burish had been back since the previous injury.

"We'd love to have Adam in because we think Adam makes a difference to our club," Crawford said. "He's just not able to play. Last night he didn't have the speed to be able to contribute. We'd love to have him. He's been one of the guys that his energy he contributes around the team is really a positive. You can't discount how important that is to a team. We're definitely going to continue to have him around."
After missing the last eight games with a fractured orbital bone, Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish is expected to return for Thursday night’s game at Detroit. And Burish – in his words – is "fired up."

"When you are gone for two weeks it is fun to just practice," Burish said after Wednesday’s practice in Frisco. "My first practice two days ago felt like a game day to me. For [Thursday], I am fired up. Feels like back at school for the first day. It will be fun and hopefully I can bring some energy and some life back to this group and some excitement. That will be my approach. Just bring some life, bring some maybe desperate energy back to this group and hopefully I can help.”

That excitement, life and energy are something Stars coach Marc Crawford thinks his team – mired in a five-game losing streak – could use.

“He’ll be such a spirit guy for us,” Crawford said. “We could use any dose of positive, feel-good that we can have right now.”

For Burish, it hasn’t been easy watching his teammates go through some rough times on the ice. Since Burish has been out he has had to watch the team go 1-6-1. That eight-game slide is part of a longer stretch where the Stars have gone 1-8-1 since the All-Star break and 2-10-1 in their last 13 games.

“You just feel helpless, especially when we lose a game. I want to be there with them, I want to be a part of that,” he said. “When you aren’t playing you don’t feel the same. You don’t feel the disappointment as much when you aren’t a part of it. It’s easy to sit up in the stands and be critical of what’s going on. For me, I’d rather be a part of it. I’d rather be a solution, an answer. If it doesn’t work out, I want to be a part of it, too. I want to sit in the locker room and go through what they’re going through and hopefully help figure it out. If you’re not a part of it you feel useless.”

Burish suffered his injury February 3 in a fight with Boston’s Andrew Ference. The Stars activated both Burish and Krys Barch, who also suffered a fractured orbital bone in that Boston game, from injured reserve on Wednesday.

Burish will wear a full cage to protect his eye. While he’s excited about returning to action, he’s not excited about the cage.

“It stinks. It sucks either way. I tried them both and they both stink. I don’t like either one of them,” Burish said. “The first day they let me take it off I’ll be getting rid of it, but it is probably going to be a couple weeks of wearing it. It’s hard to see, you get the bars in your face. With the plastic one, you’re breathing your own air and it feels like a furnace in there. You can’t win either way.”

Notes: Grossman, Richards improving but still not ready

Stars coach Marc Crawford said center Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms) and defenseman Nicklas Grossman (hip) are improving, but neither made the trip with the team to Detroit.

"Grossman is improving, but is not ready to play. He will not accompany us on the trip nor will Brad Richards," Crawford said. "Both of them are in the improving category, but not ready to be options for us."

With Adam Burish and Krys Barch coming off IR, the Stars sent forward Aaron Gagnon back to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Modano ready to return for Red Wings, but not until Saturday

Detroit center Mike Modano, out since November 26 with a wrist injury, is ready to return to the lineup and he’ll do that Saturday when the Red Wings play at Buffalo.

“There was a chance [to return against Dallas on Thursday], but ... of all games to come back after such a long layoff, I think the expectations are a little too high for that one," Modano told NHL.com. "[I'll] just start in Buffalo and it's going to be five games in eight days on that trip. So it'll be some crucial games here coming down the stretch.”

The former Dallas Star was injured when he was cut on the right forearm and wrist by the skate of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in that late November game.

Quotable: Adam Burish on facing Chicago

December, 7, 2010
Here are a couple of quotes from Dallas forward Adam Burish, who will be facing his former teammates when the the Stars play at Chicago on Wednesday at the United Center. Burish, a member of Chicago's Stanley Cup champion team last season, signed with the Stars as a free agent over the summer.

He had some funny things to say in talking with the Chicago media today. Thanks to Stars PR for the audio of Burish.

When asked if there was anyone he is looking forward to playing against

"Sharpie (Patrick Sharp). I can't wait to get against him. I was looking forward to playing against Kaner (Patrick Kane, who is out with a lower body injury). I told him he must have the Burish flu; I think he's a little scared. He said, 'I wanted to play against you' and I said, 'You're easy to play against, I'd shut you down.' ... I'm looking forward to playing all the guys. I told Ducan [Keith] I am going to chase him down in the corner and give him the business a little bit. I am sure I won't shut up the whole game."

When told Patrick Sharp said he would go after him instead of the other way around

"Sharp hasn't gone after anybody in his whole career. Who is he going to hurt? I am not afraid of Sharpie. He's not going to hurt anyone. He's nice looking, has the nice hair and nice smile. That's all he's got going. I'm not scared of him."

Quotable: Adam Burish on confidence

November, 29, 2010
Here's a quote from Stars forward Adam Burish, who talked about the team's confidence heading into Monday night's game following the weekend home-and-home sweep of St. Louis.
“I think tonight was a game we probably played with more confidence than we have all year. Winning those two games against one of top teams in the league or close to one of the top teams in the league gave us a lot of confidence. You could see that in the way we were playing, the way guys were preparing for the game, the talk in the locker room. It was a sense of a lot of confidence.”