It's Official – Burke is Headed back to Philadelphia

According to and the team’s official website, the Sean Burke trade to the Flyers has indeed happened.

The old hand in the nets out west, Burke returns to Philadelphia along with young wingers Branko Radivojevic and Ben Eager in exchange for Mike Comrie.
In addition, the Flyers have announce the retirement of current backstop Jeff Hackett.

The way this all turned out I really don’t have a problem with. There is no superfluous goaltender, and the return for Comrie (who turned out to be a square peg anyway) is acceptable.

The imminent return of Claude Lapointe meant no room or playing time for Comrie, who didn’t really fit in with the style of play or coaching staff.

I will take Burke over Hackett, I’m just glad they didn’t overpay for him. The two kids they got as well more than make up for the loss of Comrie, who was acquired for defensive prospect Jeff Woywitka and draft picks.

Robert Esche will retain his number one status once he returns from his knee injury.