News conference scheduled for Sunday

Updated: April 21, 2004, 2:33 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pat Burns' future as coach of the New Jersey Devils was in doubt Saturday after the defending Stanley Cup champions were eliminated from the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Just hours after New Jersey's 3-1 loss ended the best-of-seven series in five games, the Devils announced they would hold a news conference Sunday to discuss a non-hockey related issue involving Burns.

E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine reports Burns has a "health-related" issue.

Team spokesman Mike Levine didn't know what Burns planned to say although both the coach and president Lou Lamoriello were expected to be in attendance.

Burns missed two practices this week for undisclosed personal reasons.

A three-time NHL coach of the year, Burns led the Devils to their third Stanley Cup title in nine years last season, his first season with the team.

Since Jacques Lemaire left the team in 1998, the Devils have had four coaches and won two championships.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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