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01-26-2004, 09:06 PM
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My guess would be that because he is a vet who could mentor Esche while playing the backup role, while also being good enough to take over incase Esche gets injured. Burke should come cheaper now that Boucher is playing well for a while, and although he isn't playoff proven, how many quality playoff proven goaltenders are there that are cheap and could play as a backup? Not really any that I can think of. Khabibulin would be expensive, and wouldn't be a backup for sure. Detroit now seems too unsure to trade anyone, and I doubt they would trade Legace as he fits into their long term plans much more then Cujo or Hasek. Then one of Buffalo's goalies (likely Biron) wouldn't really work either as they are young, unproven, etc.

Burke is the only person that can play the backup role who may come cheap and has experience plus talent. I don't see a lot of other options off the top of my head.

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