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09-20-2003, 08:22 PM
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Wild make Brent Burns a contract offer

The Wild are engaged in contract negotiations with Brent Burns, their 2003 1st round choice and the #20 choice overall. I'm sure that nobody saw this coming back in June, and now Lemaire has stated that, based on what he's seen in training camp, he doesn't think Burns can improve anymore by returning to the OHL. They're holding him out of preseason games until he's signed.

Now, according to the article, we can still send him back by Sep. 28 but he'd be able to keep the signing bonus. Everybody knows how cheap the Wild are; I doubt they'd be making the contract offer if they didn't feel very confident he was staying up.

This is absolutely unbelievable. It looks like the Wild may not have been reaching as much as assumed. If Lemaire likes him this much, that says something.

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