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Brent Burns returns to Sharks lineup, loses amazing beard in the process


SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 13: Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks poses for his official headshot for the 2012-13 season on January 13, 2013 at Sharks Ice in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brent Burns

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The good news for San Jose Sharks fans is Brent Burns is back in the lineup this afternoon against the Coyotes. It’ll be the first action he’s seen this season for the team and makes an already really good team, better.

The bad news, according to CSNBayArea’s Brodie Brazil, is that Burns’ wild, crazy lumberjack beard is gone thanks to it.

You’ve probably seen Burns’ beard a few times by now (it’s right there staring at you now) and the evolution of his crazy facial hair is really something else, as Puck Daddy showed us. Alas, we’ll have to hope the Sharks make the playoffs and go deep to give us the chance of seeing him all wild and woolly again.

To make room for Burns on the roster, the Sharks put defensemen Nick Petrecki on waivers and sent Matt Irwin to AHL Worcester.