Tough road ahead for Burns

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns is resting at home in New Hampshire after another round of cancer surgery and is preparing for chemotherapy treatments in Boston this summer.

TSN reported yesterday that the one-time Maple Leafs boss was operated on last week at a New Jersey hospital. The 53-year-old had been declared cancer-free by doctors in April, after surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer last year, but a source told TSN a blood test in May revealed Burns now has a different form of the disease.

"He's taking it easy right now, looking for a lot of people's support and hearing from a lot of well-wishers," said cousin Randy Burns, an executive with Mission I-Tech Hockey. "There's not a lot to add right now."

Devils president Lou Lamoriello had been informed of Burns' condition a few weeks ago but has not revealed medical information at Burns' request.

Lamoriello might be giving an official update on Burns' health next week. It's expected Larry Robinson will be offered the coaching job in Burns' absence.


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