Sean Burke Paying it Forward to Mike Smith in the Desert

Discussion in 'Hockey Talk' started by Christoph, May 12, 2012.

  1. Christoph

    Christoph Member

    May 3, 2012
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    This is the second big athletic goalie, including Bryzgalov, whose immense potential Burke has managed to tap. People didn't think Phoenix would be able to replace Bryzgalov, certainly not with Mike Smith anyway, but the fact is that has been better than Bryzgalov ever was in the desert.

    Especially in the playoffs! He is the biggest reason why I can see the Coyotes making a shocking Stanley Cup run.

    It's fascinating that the career arc of Make Smith so closely mirrors that of Sean Burke himself. Who better to turn him into a Vezina after years of struggling to make his mark at the NHL level throughout his twenties than Burke? After seeing what he's done with these two netminders, and how quickly he was able to get results, I think a very strong case could be made that he is the best goalie coach in the league.

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