KINGS CLAIM VETERAN GOALTENDER SEAN BURKE OFF WAIVERS
/ Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have claimed goaltender Sean Burke off waivers from Tampa Bay and have assigned center Marty Murray to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced.
Burke, 39, this season has played in seven games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) and has a 2-5-0 record, a 4.52 goals against average and a .856 save percentage. Burke, who has not played in an NHL game this season, has played in 797 regular season NHL games with Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Florida, Vancouver, Carolina/Hartford and New Jersey, and has a 318-331-101 record, a 2.95 goals against average, a .902 save percentage and 37 shutouts over a 17-year NHL career.
The 6-4, 209-pound native of Windsor, Ontario, was originally selected by New Jersey in the second round (24th overall) in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He will wear No. 1. Burke is a three-time NHL All-Star (2002, 2001, 1989), and he was the first rookie goaltender to play in the NHL's All-Star Game, representing New Jersey in 1989. He also was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy (NHL's outstanding goaltender) and the Lester B. Pearson Award (NHL's outstanding player as voted by the players) in 2002 and he finished fourth in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL's MVP) that same year.
Murray, 31, played in 19 games with the Kings this season and recorded two points (both assists) and four penalty minutes after getting claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on November 11. He also has played in 11 games this season with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate, and has 15 points (2-13=15) and four penalty minutes.
The 5-9, 180-pound native of Deloraine, Manitoba, has 73 points (31-42=73) and 41 penalty minutes in 261 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Flyers, Carolina and Calgary. He was originally selected by Calgary in the fourth-round (96th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.