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News conference scheduled for Sunday

4/21/2004

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.