Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Brent Burns (88) attempts a shot on goal against the New York Rangers during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Rangers 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Burns Practices, Will Not Play For San Jose Sharks Tonight


Injured San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns took a step closer to returning to action as he practiced with teammates Tuesday morning for the first time since he was injured Oct. 19.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, coach Todd McLellan wouldn’t quantify the size of the step Burns took.

“I think that’s a great step—but I don’t know if we’re going to qualify it as little or big,” McLellan said. “But he’s getting closer, feeling better and back out there with his teammates.”

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound former defenseman has been out with a facial injury sustained in the Sharks’ 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames last month.

Burns had nine goals and 11 assists in 30 games last season for the Sharks and had two goals and two helpers in 11 postseason games.

This season, Burns had averaged a point a game in early-season action, with four goals and four assists in eight games.

Burns came to San Jose in a draft-day trade in June 2011 along with a second-round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick.

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