posted on Jun, 20 2003 @ 11:26 AM
As talented as Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standout Marc-Andre Fleury is, he's not the best available goaltender at this Saturday's NHL draft.
The goalie who could immediately change the fortunes of an NHL team is Phoenix Coyotes netminder Sean Burke. The Coyotes, needing to reduce payroll,
continue to welcome inquiries about Burke, though nothing is imminent.
Sean Burke saves a shot against Russia while playing for Canada during the World Hockey Championships last month.
By Sven Nackstrand, AFP
"We have three proven NHL goalies, and rather than lose one in the waiver draft, it behooves us to listen," Phoenix general manager Mike Barnett
The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers seem to be most in need of a front-line netminder, and since arriving in Phoenix, Burke has proved himself
to be a difference-maker.
"I don't think there is a goaltender in the National Hockey League that has played at a higher level than him consistently over the past three years,"
A high ankle sprain limited Burke to 22 games last season, and the Coyotes, who missed the playoffs, lost only six of his appearances.
The Bruins seem like a good fit, particularly if Mike Sullivan gets the coaching job. Sullivan played with Burke in Phoenix, and they are good