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Coyotes, Sean Burke agree to contract extension

The Coyotes are keeping a key member of their coaching
staff around for a few more years.

The team announced Tuesday it has agreed to a three-year
contract extension with Sean Burke, who last year served
as director of player development and goaltending coach.

In addition to his role in helping goaltenders, Burke will
now also serve as assistant to the general manager.

“We are very pleased to sign Sean to a contract
extension,” said GM Don Maloney in a press release. “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

Burke has been credited for helping Mike Smith emerge as
one of the game’s elite goaltenders.

A former NHL goaltender, Burke spent five seasons in
Phoenix. He appeared in 211 games with the team, posting a
97-78-29 record with a 2.39 GAA. He is the franchise’s
career leader in GAA and is second in save percentage