"It's a big thing to have a guy you know is going to make a big save for you," defenseman Paul Mara said about the confidence Phoenix has playing in front of Burke. "Mistakes are part of hockey, and if you've got a guy who picks up you, you'll play hard in front of him."
The team plays hard in front of Burke because they think he deserves it. If they screw up, they are letting him down after he has done so much for them. With Boucher, he hasn't proven anything to them yet, so they have no allegiance to him, which means they have no emotional attachment to him. This all says to me that if they screw up, they have no problem just dealing with it. I really think that because of how Bierk played for them last year, they would do the same for him as they do for Burke. The solution is for Boucher to buy into Allaire's system, and be able to carry the team for a stretch, no matter how small. A 3 or 4 game streak would do it, I think.
Burke is there and he already has their respect and admiration. You almost have to remove Burke from the equation to mentally allow the remaining players to make a new connection with a different netminder.
Bottom line is that Boucher has to deliver a consistent performance worthy of the respect of his teammates. He has to better than average. Right now he's a backup goalie in the minds of the people who play in front of him/play for him.
It's not a player or a coach problem, it 100 percent falls on the goaltenders shoulders. Going back to young kids playing in pee wee or in any league if your goaltender sucks everyone on the team knows it. You also know the guys who sometimes play well and sometimes don't.There is only one fix for this situation, get rid of Boucher.