Experts Rumor Update:(For Coyotes) Boucher To Be Traded…

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The Phoenix Coyotes have basically solidfied they’re goaltending with Zack Bierk and Sean Burke.

Now its just Brian Boucher waiting for the word out….“I have no idea what they’re going to do, but I’m sure they’re going to sit down and figure it out, if they haven’t already,” said Boucher, who was acquired by the Coyotes 11 months ago to be the team’s “goalie of the future.”

Boucher’s future in Phoenix is cloudy. He had an inconsistent season in which he had to assume much of the No. 1 goaltending chores.

There are whispers Boucher will be the odd man out.

NHL teams typically don’t keep three goalies on the roster, and if one of them were to be dispatched to the minor leagues to start next season, he would have to be exposed to waivers and most assuredly would get snatched up for a nominal fee.

So somebody has to go….

-Burke is 36 and was coveted by several clubs at the March trading deadline. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist just a year ago, and after battling ankle, knee and groin injuries this past season.

-Bierk is 26, four months older than Boucher, but like the 6-foot-4 Burke, he is bigger and covers more net than Boucher (6-4 vs. 6-2), he makes less money ($600,000 vs. $2 million), and he had better numbers (2.17 goals-against average, .932 save percentage vs. 3.02 and .894.)

“It’s completely out of my hands, but I’m prepared for anything,” Boucher said. “I just plan on having a great summer, get in great shape, and be better for next season.”

According to one management source in the Coyotes’ front office, there are at least six teams that could be in the market for a new, potential No. 1 goalie.(Ironically, one of those teams are the Philadelphia Fylers who could try to take a run at Boucher again or even go after number one Sean Burke).

*Experts Look*: If Burke continues to have injury problems and Bierk proves to be a one-hit wonder, will the Coyotes be kicking themselves in the head if they deal Boucher?..

I expect one of either Burke or Boucher will go…

-If Boucher leaves, then Burke would stay.

-But if Burke would leave, then Boucher would most likely stay and the Coyotes would have 2 young talents competing for the future job of being the Yotes number 1…(And at this state the Coyotes are in, I think this is a better option for them, in Burke, they could bring in allot of value).

This will be a very interesting thing to see going into next months NHL draft….

W.C.


35 Responses to Experts Rumor Update:(For Coyotes) Boucher To Be Traded…

  1. leafs2003champs says:

    I dont think they should deal bucher unless they can get a goalie in return the reason for this is the CBA expries after the 2003-2004 season and burke will most likely retire or be lost to free agency as that is around the same time his contract runs out it is for this reason I think they should keep bucher.

  2. -Swizz- says:

    trade him back to philly! lol

    i think they should keep boucher…but trade burke…..he seems to be gettin hurt a lot…and is gettin old now..

  3. Goldenscud says:

    At this point since Clarke has all but sent the Check out, the Flyers should give some serious consideration to reacquiring Bouche. At least some of the First Union faithful will be able to dust off their old number 33 jerseys! Face it, bringing in Potvin, Hackett, etc. is acutally a downgrade between the pipes. Bouch knows the team and although never was extremely consistant, he obivously has some talent and perhaps with more playing time, could actually materialize into the goalie the team thought they had years ago.

    Also, I know that Handzus had a pretty solid regular season but his play in the playoffs was really uninspiring – he was very soft and never came up with the big goals that were his trademark during the regular season. Since Primeau is a more physical and tougher player and appears to be staying, perhaps the Yotes might want to do a swap to get Bouche back in Philly.

    Now, where is Hexy???? He hasn’t hit 40 yet – bring back the slasher!!!

  4. pantherboy says:

    I dont see why people think Boucher is a good goalie. He is what we like to call a “one hit wonder”. The guy had one good year, and a nice little playoff run to follow. After that he has done dick all. He lost his job to Roman Cechmaneck of all people, he couldn’t play a consistent back-up on the Flyers, and after he was traded he did the same for the Cyotes. He couldn’t even outplay Zak Bierk of all people to get the Cyotes #1 goalie job when Burke was hurt this year. PATHETIC!

  5. flyerfanofthepeg says:

    it’s mental with him, he gets down on himself and matters get worse from there

  6. Flyers_01 says:

    I really hope we don’t bring Boucher back. I really don’t think he is the answer, for any team.

  7. big_booty says:

    You’re not even an “expert” when it comes to your own team, why waste time speculating about another?

    “I expect one of either Burke or Boucher will go…”

    Well, thank you very much Captain Obvious.

  8. Leaf_Expert says:

    Listen big_booty, (Havent you gotten it through your head when you have a name like yours, I don’t know how you could talk about others and be taken serious)

    Go live your Marine Biologist life up “Tights” booty, and enjoy your “beer and booze”..

    Stop wasting my time with your weak comments towards my articles. And listen here you piece of scum, just stay shut up with what ever dignity you have left(or lack there of). Because you obviously havent gotten the picture why I am here nor the other 6,000 members…

    *hint*…Look at the name of the site….

  9. WeStSiDe says:

    It would be classic Philly, getting the guy they shipped out back because they dont know how to run a business, yet their upper management hasnt clued in, the problem is CLARKE! He doesnt know what he is doing and as soon as he gets this urge he makes bone head moves, lieing saying Checkmanek didnt want to come back etc, that was just an escape for him to say Checkmanek sucks and he wants to get rid of him, sure place it on Checkmanek, even though YOU were responsible for making the move. DUMBASS!

  10. calflyers says:

    What kind of blackmail evidence do you have on the people who run this site?

    Yet another meaningless post by “Queef_Man”

  11. calflyers says:

    What kind of blackmail evidence do you have on the people who run this site?

    Yet another meaningless post by “Queef_Man”

  12. Goldenscud says:

    I don’t really want him either but I am worried that we are going to be screwed in the nets!

  13. flyerfanofthepeg says:

    better than nothing, just as long as we don’t give up much

  14. Leaf_Expert says:

    Just read what I said to booty, and take it the same way…(But for the part up someones ass,, you can do it up your imaginary friends)…

    But honestly guy,, you can’t always think of me as your bud and talk to me through my articles…

    GO GET SOMEONE ELSE TO TALK TO!

  15. calflyers says:

    but you are so witty and informative!

    what will i do??

  16. mikster says:

    A lot fo times you are Emporor Obvious, i would not speak much.

  17. Leaf_Expert says:

    LOL…

    Talk to “Tights”…

  18. kordicfan says:

    The reason people think Boucher is a good goalie is because he’s solid in net. He lost out to Cechmanek but was actually just as good numbers wise. The coach then was Bill Barber. Barber was a good player but far from a good coach. The Coyotes sucked so bad this year (talk about one hit wonders) even Burke healthy would’nt have helped. Maybe the Coyotes fans should worry about they’re defense. Burke, Boucher, Bierk can all backstop a quality team but there are very few goaltenders who can withstand a shooting gallery and watch they’re team look so enemic offensively. But hey, you got Gratton now instead of that offensive threat you traded for him!

  19. MantaRay says:

    If I were Gretzky, I would trade Sean Burke.

    He will garner the most interest and talent back to the Yotes. Boucher is not that marketable after his reputation for inconsistency.

    Burke is too injury prone and expensive for the Yotes right now. Trade him while you can still get something for him.

    Boucher and Bierck will be good enough for next season.

  20. Glen says:

    Bouchhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. calflyers says:

    there ya go!

    lol

  22. calflyers says:

    actually i see a LOT of “obvious posts”

    it’s hard to find new material sometimes : )

  23. goodfela26 says:

    Just curious…Why do all of your post titles start with “Expert Says:”?

  24. mikster says:

    Oh yeah!? Welll….!…..Well!!!!……..

    You try! Yeah!

  25. Leaf_Expert says:

    Not all of my responses do.

    Just the ones that I want others to see that I’m the one speaking, or if I want a title for my comment.

  26. goodfela26 says:

    I kind of understand about the speaking part…but only on the Title of an article you submit. In any replies, it says, i.e:

    Expert Says: Not All Do… (Score: 1)

    by Leaf_Expert on Wednesday, May 14 @ 13:09:31 EDT

    Having the “Expert Says:” in anything other than a title of an article really makes me think you’re being arrogant. Even the title makes me think it, since it always says who wrote it anyway.

    This is in no way a bash against you…plenty of that will come in the Toronto-Philly posts. 🙂

  27. Leaf_Expert says:

    In no way did I take it as a bash…I understand what you are saying and your not the only one to complain.

    But yea, its basically there to make sure its known what exactly my comment is about.. And who is saying it. Because the title part is usually more bold.

    As for the Flyer-Leaf bashes.. I won’t dish that much out except for the obvious of Roman proving to be a Rwoman…

    (I’ll really be gunnin at you guys once the season gets on it way…. 🙂

  28. devfanman4 says:

    This season is still happening and it’s exciting as hell! How come everyone is posting trade rumors already? Even nhl.com and espn.com are starting to talk about the offseason and next season already. Just because the big market teams are out doesn’t mean the season’s over! This is a complaint to the site not to you Leaf_Expert.

    Let’s Go Devils!

  29. defenestrate says:

    OOO! Good comeback! That’s telling ’em, Mik….

  30. defenestrate says:

    I thought we were here to play canasta and reminisce about our favorite episodes of “What’s Happenin’ Now?”

  31. defenestrate says:

    Here comes Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura (ooh – a threesome!).

    And people say CTP is personal and vicious – just look at yourselves….

    Wash your keyboard out with soap.

  32. defenestrate says:

    “Come on Gordon – show us that famous triple deke your daddy taught you…”

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