45° F

Former Badger Adam Burish is NHL free agent

Published On: Jun 22 2012 11:55:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 23 2012 12:08:01 AM CDT

The National Hockey League draft started Friday night, and no Badgers were taken in the first round.

Free agency starts July 1. That’s how former University of Wisconsin star Adam Burish is looking for a new job.

Burish won the national title with the Badgers in 2006 and the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

The past two years, he played for the Dallas Stars, but his contract is up.

Burish, who scored 14 goals in 128 games with the Stars, doesn’t know where he might land.

“It's kind of nice (being a free agent),” he said. “July 1, I kind of have the luxury of seeing what's out there and kind of picking a team that I think would fit me best. If that's going back to Dallas, great. If not, I'm going to see what else is out there. July 1 or the end of the month, we'll kind of see what may happen.”

While Burish waits for free agency, he said he gets to play a little more golf.

He works out on campus, knowing the phone will start ringing in a little over a week with offers from around the league.

Burish said he really doesn’t sweat the fact he doesn’t know where he’ll end up.

“You kind of sit back and kind of chill out a little bit,” Burish said. “I haven't thought about it. I really haven't. All I've thought about is I really want a chance to win again. I want to play on a team that has a chance to win again. Being a free agent, having the luxury to pick and choose, assuming that a good team wants you, I guess. But, I'm excited about that.” 

  • Get your weather app and WISC-TV3 deliver local forecasts, live radar, school closings and alerts for Madison and South Central Wisconsin to iOS or Android devices.

  • Learn more about WISC-TV

    Meet the News 3 staff, learn about our newscasts, search our job postings and find out how to contact us.

  • Buck in the truck

    Buck in the truck

    Your pet photos

    Email us a picture of you and your pet and we'll use it in out Pet Walk segment which airs every weekday morning at 6:40. Include your name, your pet's name and where you're from. Email to