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Burke remaining with Coyotes, named to new role

Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 1:28 PM / News

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Burke remaining with Coyotes, named to new role
Sean Burke, who Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith credited with being instrumental to his success last season, has signed a contract extension Tuesday to remain with the team.

Sean Burke, who Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith credited with being instrumental to his success last season, has signed a contract extension Tuesday to remain with the team.

"We are very pleased to sign Sean to a contract extension," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "For the past three years, Sean has done a tremendous job working with all the goaltenders in our organization, helping them improve and succeed on the ice. We look forward to him continuing in this role and also assisting our hockey operations department in all areas of the business."

With the extension comes a new title for Burke -- assistant to the general manager/goaltender coach. Last season, he was the team's director of player development as well as goaltending coach.

Last season, Burke helped Smith set career highs in games played (67), wins (38), goals-against average (2.21), save percentage (.930) and shutouts (eight). Smith ranked fourth in the NHL in wins, tied for third in save percentage, tied for third in shutouts and ranked ninth in GAA.

Burke also has helped Ilya Bryzgalov and Jason LaBarbera have outstanding seasons; in 2009-10, Burke's first with the team, the Coyotes allowed the fewest goals in the Western Conference as Bryzgalov and LaBarbera finished third in the NHL with a 2.34 GAA.

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