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Thursday Chum Bucket: Burns placed on IR to open roster spot

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  • In order to open up the roster spot necessary to sign Scott Gomez, the Sharks placed Brent Burns on injured reserve, as expected. Burns has reportedly not skated since the start of training camp. [CSN Bay Area]
  • David Pollak on when Gomez plays his first game in teal: "Look for Gomez to be in the lineup before the weekend is over, but I’d be beyond surprised if he’s in there opening night against Phoenix." [Working the Corners]
  • San Jose also signed Tim Kennedy to an NHL contract yesterday. Kennedy was named an AHL All-Star and is currently leading Worcester in scoring. [San Jose Sharks]
  • Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who was third in the league with a .930 SV% last season, suffered a lower body injury and left the game during the first period of last night's win over Columbus. The 'Yotes think they'll have him back soon but it's probably unlikely he plays tonight in San Jose. [SB Nation]
  • Behind the Net is finally live for this season, just in time to showcase Michal Handzus' terrific start. [BTN]
  • Do NHLers who played overseas during the lockout (like half the Sharks team) have an advantage over those who didn't? [Backhand Shelf]
  • Justin Bourne's Systems Analyst posts are back, and just as awesome as ever. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Steve Downie is out for the season. Does this force Greg Sherman's hand in his contract negotiations with RFA holdout Ryan O'Reilly? [Mile High Hockey]
  • Marian Gaborik scored a hat trick, Marc-Andre Fleury is still terrible and more from last night's NHL action. [SB Nation]
  • Finally, here's the most painfully awkward moment of the 2013 season so far: