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Morning Line- Sean Burke

“We go into PyeongChang believing gold is realistic. The last time that Canada wasn’t favoured was back in ’94, and I played in ’88 and ’92 so I remember those days very well. But even then, when the Russians were so powerful and the Czechs weren’t far behind, you still went into the Olympics expecting to compete for a gold. Nothing is going to change this time around. But we know there’s a lot of work to do and that things are different. We have to build our team differently. We’ll be as prepared as we can possibly be when we go into PyeongChang to compete for a gold, and that will give us a chance to win.”

-Sean Burke, GM of Team Canada.  Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com has more on Team Canada.

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Carey Price, en route to another MVP season?

From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

[Is] it possible Price has in store a season that could actually top his 2014-15 campaign, which saw him named the league's best goalie and MVP?

I mean, why not? He's 28 years old, still plenty of room to grow. Can you imagine for a moment if the best is still yet to come?

"He's one of those rare guys that you really say has the whole package,'' former Coyotes assistant GM and goalie whisperer Sean Burke said over the phone Thursday night.

"He's athletic to begin with, technically he's very, very sound, he's one of those players that has very few weaknesses, if any,'' continued Burke. "I'm sure every team says 'Let's get traffic and don't let him see the shot.' If he can see it, he's going to stop it. Mentally, that's such an advantage when you know the other team is going into the game saying, 'How are we going to beat this guy?' It reminds me of Dominik Hasek in his prime, the other team is half-beaten before they hit the ice.''


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Devan Dubnyk returns to the place where he ‘got his mind and his pads right’

TwinCities.com's Marino Eccher reports that Devan Dubnyk is returning to Arizona as a member of the Minnesota Wild this evening, and while Dubnyk will be opposing his former team in the nets, Dubnyk is very grateful for his time spent with the Coyotes:

"I attribute a lot of (my) success last year to the way the guys there, the coaches, the organization, brought me in and were excited to have me there," Dubnyk said. "I wasn't a damaged project that they were trying to resurrect."

For most players, half a season as a pretty good goalie for a pretty bad team would be nothing to stick in the scrapbook. For Dubnyk, coming off a year in which he teetered on the brink of minor league oblivion, "that's exactly what I needed."

He got his mind and his pads right, with the aid of goaltending coach Sean Burke. He made friends; a handful of teammates, including fellow netminder Mike Smith, spent a week in the offseason playing golf with him in Europe.

"It just felt like I'd been part of that team for a long time," he said.

The good vibes aren't lost on Wild coach Mike Yeo -- nor is the running start Dubnyk got on his stunning finish in Minnesota last season.

"I know he's grateful to them and what they did for him," Yeo said. "Clearly, he was on top of his game before he came to us last season. Certainly he elevated it to a new level, and what he did with us was very special. But he had a good start to the season and played good hockey for them last season."


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Sean Burke Still Looking For The Right Job

from Craig Morgan of FoxSports Arizona,

Former Coyotes executive Sean Burke said he is pondering a position with another NHL club and expects to make a decision quickly.

Burke was reportedly in discussions with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks at one point, and there has also been speculation tying him to Calgary and former Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving, who is now the Flames GM.

Burke said he has already turned down a pair of offers from teams that still wanted him to fill a dual role as an executive and an assistant coach, but he would not specify which team he is still considering.

"The role I would be taking on is something I really would enjoy," Burke said Wednesday. "There's not a lot of questions left about it. It's just a matter of getting it ironed out. If it is the right fit it will probably happen in the next week."

Burke's contract with the Coyotes expired on June 30, and he chose not to return because he wanted a chance at a greater management role.

"I felt it was time to turn the page," he said. "There wasn't going to be the opportunity to continue to advance and grow with the Coyotes. That happens in a lot of organizations with a lot of people."

continue for more on Burke and the Arizona Coyotes...

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Sean Burke Staying With The Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed Sean Burke to a multi-year contract extension to serve as Assistant to the General Manager/Goaltender Coach. In addition to his current responsibilities that include overseeing all goaltenders in the Coyotes system and player development, Burke will now work with Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney, Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving and Director of Hockey Administration Chris O’Hearn in all areas of hockey operations.

“We are very pleased to sign Sean to a contract extension,” said Maloney. “For the past three years, Sean has done a tremendous job working with all the goaltenders in our organization helping them improve and succeed on the ice. We look forward to him continuing in this role and also assisting our hockey operations department in all areas of the business.”

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The Next Goalie Guru

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

It’s getting pretty clear Sean Burke is emerging as per-haps the best goalie coach in the NHL in Phoenix. At the very least, he’s right near the top of the list.

His success working with Mike Smith has made everyone take notice this season, but when you look at what Ilya Bryzgalov was able to achieve in the desert and then see what happened to the poor fellow when he left and ventured into Philadelphia, you get a pretty good appreciation for what Burke has been able to accomplish with his players.

Both he and coach Dave Tippett originally targeted Smith when they learned Bryzgalov was leaving, Burke saying right from the outset that he thought the fellow could be among the top five goalies in the league in their first meeting after they picked him up.

“I came into it with a totally open mind and everything I looked at was positive,” said Burke of Smith, who virtually got Phoenix into the playoffs by himself and then won the first round for them over the Chicago Blackhawks. “I didn’t look at what he needed to change, I looked at a guy with an incredible amount of athletic ability, a guy with a good work ethic, experience, a guy who handles the puck better than anyone.


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Life After Bryzgalov

From Emily Kaplan at NHL.com:

“Bryz is not exactly replaceable. We know that,” [Sean] Burke, Phoenix’s goaltending coach, told NHL.com. “So for us, this offseason was about trying to search for the type of goaltending that gives the opportunity to win every night.”

In Burke’s eyes, the Coyotes found that.

On July 1, Phoenix signed former Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith to a two-year, $4 million contract. Burke describes Smith as “very big and very athletic”—and exactly what the Coyotes were looking for.

“I think we get a guy that has a lot of upside, but he also has a fair amount of experience and a lot of confidence,” Burke said. “Basically, I think we’re getting the perfect guy at the perfect time.”


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Dave King Hired As Assistant Coach In Phoenix

Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic reports the Coyotes have hired Dave King as an assistant coach and confirms Sean Burke hired as goaltender coach.

added 3:27pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In a year of incredible uncertainty for the franchise, and particularly their young emerging players, King is just what the Coyotes need at this stage – a teacher, first and foremost, someone who will help the Kyle Turrises and Mikael Boedkers of their world get better.

That’s just a smart business decision, no matter where the franchise might happen to land; no matter who may end up owning the team.

read on

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Sean Burke Retires

from TSN,

Veteran NHL goaltender Sean Burke has called it a career.

The 40-year-old Burke made the official announcement on Tuesday ending a distinguished NHL and international hockey career.

“I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional hockey career,” said Burke.


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