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Originally Posted by GoCoyotes
Here is the Sean Burke trade speculation primer



Should Sean Burke's option not be picked up and he would become an UFA, the team last in possession of him would likely receive a 2nd round compensation pick from the league.

Coyotes GM Mike Barnett has already stated that trading Burke at this point is beyond a financial matter, that they can afford to wait for the best offer. His move would be no salary dump.

To me, it makes no sense whatsoever to trade Burke for anything less than a 1st round pick or quality thereof. If we can keep him and get that 2nd round pick, why settle for less. Burke provides more value to the team than a 2nd round pick as well, so the team would be best to keep him.
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The assumption a lot of fans make is that any higher level player who leaves via UFA will return a 2nd rounder, and that is not always the case. In fact, in Burke's case, the pick may turn out to be a 3rd or 4th rounder. And, if the Coyotoes sign any UFAs themselves, they might not receive any compensation at all. So, dealing him for a package built around a 2nd or 3rd rounder and a prospect would probably make a lot of sense.

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