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04-14-2004, 03:20 PM
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Q&A with Bernd Bruckler

We just posted an interview with Flyers goaltending prospect Bernd Bruckler.

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http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...readed&order=0

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Yeah, interesting thing. Sounds like he might be a solid citizen and might be developing nicely. So, if Flyers continue with having 4 maybe signable prospect goalies coming "due" next season for signing and the like, what's the plan? Care to speculate? (Bruckler, Grumet-Morriss, Tremblay, Beauchemin) Say all continue at their present rate of progress, and the power was conveyed, what's your plan?

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Will be a tough decision, how many "could" they sign and reasonably develop?
Bruckler has really stepped this year and clearly deserves more attention.

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Yeah, interesting thing. Sounds like he might be a solid citizen and might be developing nicely. So, if Flyers continue with having 4 maybe signable prospect goalies coming "due" next season for signing and the like, what's the plan? Care to speculate? (Bruckler, Grumet-Morriss, Tremblay, Beauchemin) Say all continue at their present rate of progress, and the power was conveyed, what's your plan?
A rough outlook:

Esche/Burke: Flyers tandem next season (if there is one)

Niittymaki: Phantoms next season, could move to Flyers full-time in 2005-06

Bruckler: Will likely sign after next season, and play with Phantoms in 2005-06

Grumet-Morris: Don't know if the organization will sign him at all after his senior year next season. If they do, he could be a Phantoms backup or (more likely) will start the 2005-06 season with the Trenton Titans in the ECHL.

Tremblay/Beauchemin: I wouldn't be surprised to see the Flyers give both of these players two more full seasons in junior. We may see one or both with the Phantoms by 2006-07.

Hostikka: He's a real wildcard. He will see more playing time in Finland next season, at which time his talent and outlook will be more accessible .

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Why Keep Burke? Esche has shown hes capable as number 1 and Nittymakki has adjusted to North American Hockey quite well. Lets open up a spot on the Phantoms for one of our prospects and promote Antero. Remember, there might well be a salary cap, so by not signing Burke, we save enough salary to perhaps re-sign one of our pending UFA's (Recchi, Primeau, Zhamnov).

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Why Keep Burke? Esche has shown hes capable as number 1 and Nittymakki has adjusted to North American Hockey quite well. Lets open up a spot on the Phantoms for one of our prospects and promote Antero. Remember, there might well be a salary cap, so by not signing Burke, we save enough salary to perhaps re-sign one of our pending UFA's (Recchi, Primeau, Zhamnov).
The Flyers love the idea of holding onto Burke and using him as a mentor for Esche/insurance policy in case Esche gets injured (remember, he has a long history of getting hurt).

Thus, I would expect to see the team ink Burke to a one-year deal for next season, if the NHL does not suspend operations. Don't worry about a potential salary cap... Burke knows his place as a backup with this organization, and would not demand a ton of money.

As for Niittymaki, the Flyers still want to see more development out of him. Remember, this is an organization that really likes to take its time with prospects, goaltenders in particular.

I realize that he has had a great year with the Phantoms this season and was 3-0 in games with the Flyers, but he can only do well with another season as a starter in the AHL.

People go overboard sometimes in proclaiming a prospect as "ready," but, really, Niittymaki has proven very little thus far. He has a long ways to go.

Another fact to consider is this -- even if you do move Niittmaki up to the Flyers next season, it will not open a spot for another prospect on the Phantoms' roster. Why? Because no prospects will be ready to assume that spot next season.

Bruckler and Grumet-Morris are a year away from turning pro and Tremblay and Beauchemin are probably two years away.

Give "Frank" another year down there.

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Burke knows his place as a backup with this organization, and would not demand a ton of money.
This is key, but Burke has that strange player/club option for next year doesn't he?

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Get rid of Burke. Never wanted him in the first place.

Niittyamaki to the Flyers next year.

Bruckler to the Phantoms next year.

Let the junior guys play in the juniors until their eligibility expires. Sign the better one or both to play with the Phantoms when they are eligible. By that time we will know if Bruckler is a prospect and he will be going to NHL or out the door.

Morris probably is out of the picture.

Where does that leave Malek????? I think Malek blew it by not coming over last year when he had the chance.

Things always work out somehow. I think the Flyers are better off with a glut of G prospects rather than a shortage of them. Clarke should not stop drafting G when given the chance. Last year he was criticized for drafting the 2 G in the later rounds, but both look like they have potential.

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Burke will be here next year, like it or not. I just hope Esche really likes him and does not look over his shoulder.
Nitty needs another year as a Phantom, I agree with Al. He really needs to dominate for more than half a year and the playing time could not really be had at the NHL level to continue to develope.
Just like we said with Malek, the NHL is not the place to learn the trade of NHL goalie. Speaking of Malek, I would see if he would take a two way contract, play for the Phantoms and see what happens. The more (goalies) the merrier.

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Yeah, I say they keep Burke for next season, if they play. Give Antero 3 full years of minor league development. Raycroft-Boston, didn't seem to do him no harm. Think I read on here, Raycroft spent 3 full years at Providence. Now, after next season, if they don't sign Tremblay and Beauchemin they go back in the draft. I doubt the CBA would change in that direction. At the end of next season, Burke would go and Niitimaki could move up. So you have some openings, if they all develop well, sign 'em all up maybe. Stick a college graduate and a junior graduate at Phantoms and Trenton(?) and as the situation unfolds trade a couple. Interesting that people seem to think Bruckler is the top dog at this point. Thought it was moving in that direction.

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