Originally posted by SofaKing:With Demers out today, does Burns go back on defense? I'd rather keep him on the wing and not mess with the lines right now.
Agree 100% -- I do NOT want to see Burns on D, but it looks like they may be doing that...
Burns could move back to defense for Sharks
SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, likely forcing the return of Brent Burns to the blue line.
"He's not going to play tonight," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Demers. "Not feeling good today."
Demers took a hard shoulder-to-head hit from Detroit Red Wings center Cory Emmerton in the first period Thursday night. Although Demers finished the game, that hit raises obvious questions about a potential concussion. McClellan was asked whether Demers is out because of the Emmerton hit.
"He's not going to play tonight," McLellan repeated. "He's not feeling good today." ...
McLellan said the Sharks have a defenseman en route to San Jose from their American Hockey League team in Worcester, Mass., but he's not expected to arrive in time to play against Phoenix. McLellan declined to name the defenseman.
Worcester is playing right now. I checked to see who was not active -- It looks like Matt Tennyson
the rookie might be the guy getting called up. Makes sense since he's a puck-moving defenseman like Demers, 4th on the Worcester team in points right now.