Boucher Inks Deal With Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes on Monday made another commitment to a goaltender, signing Brian Boucher to a multi-year deal.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The signing of Boucher is the second major move in less than a week for the Coyotes, who locked up starting goaltender Sean Burke with a multi-year contract on Friday.

“I am very excited about signing a new deal with Phoenix,” Boucher said. “We have a great young team with a solid group of veterans. With the acquisition of Tony Amonte, everyone is looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Acquired from Philadelphia in June for center Michal Handzus and goaltender Robert Esche, Boucher posted an 18-16-4 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average in 41 games last season.

“At the age of 25, we believe that Brian Boucher’s best years are ahead of him,” Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett said. “He has size, experience and the pure athletic skill to one day answer all of the Coyotes’ needs at the most important position in hockey.”

Boucher, who led the Flyers to within one victory of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2000, owns a career record of 46-38-12 with a 2.45 GAA. The Rhode Island native entered the 2001 season with the starting job for Philadelphia, but early struggles landed him on the bench in favor of Roman Cechmanek.

Phoenix, which had one of the smaller payrolls in the league last season, made a splash in the free agent market by signing sniper Tony Amonte.

One Response to Boucher Inks Deal With Coyotes

  1. Glen says:

    Looks like Phoenix will have the same goaltending contaversies that Philly has had for the past 5 years. Brian Boucher will make a push for the starting job. The Coyotes have an excellent opportunity at the trade deadline if they feel the need to acquire some serious talent.

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