Source: Coyotes talking with Flyers, Rangers
The Coyotes and Flyers were reportedly discussing Phoenix acquiring center Mike Comrie and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg in exchange for Burke and right winger Branko Radivojevic before the Rangers entered the discussions. Reportedly, the Coyotes requested winger Jamie Lundmark, while the Rangers countered with highly regarded defenseman prospect Fedor Tyutin.
News at the All-Star Game in St. Paul, Minn., was that the Flyers and Coyotes had reached an agreement. However, the source said a deal has not been agreed upon, adding that because serious discussions during the last two weeks cooled down over the weekend, it may happen early this week when the parties meet face to face at the league's general managers meeting in Henderson, Nev.
The Coyotes hold a valuable commodity in Burke and will command a deal that involves young and reasonably priced talent. As a result, they likely will listen to an offer from any team and wait as long as possible for the right deal before trading him.
Because the Rangers are loath to give up young talent, the Flyers appear to be the front-runner as of Sunday evening. Burke traditionally has been informed of any trade talk and has expressed a willingness to play for either team.
Reportedly holding up a deal with the Flyers is their relationship with goaltender Jeff Hackett. Hackett recently has begun skating after being sidelined since Jan. 19 with positional vertigo. Should they acquire Burke, the Flyers would be saddled with three goaltenders on their NHL roster. There is speculation that the Flyers will offer Hackett a medical disability buyout. If he accepted, Hackett would be paid a portion of the $3 million he's scheduled to make next year, money he won't get if there is a work stoppage.
Jim Kelley, ESPN.com's NHL writer, contributed to this report.
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