Kings claim Burke
Eric Duhatschek points out the Ron Hextall connection that led to Sean Burke being plucked off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings today, and I suppose it makes sense that the organization wants to deal for a player they were, in some way, familiar with.
Still, it's not hard to count the ways this isn't the right move to make...
- Burke turns 40 years old at the end of the month
- He hasn't played an NHL game since April 29
- The last time he had a save percentage over .900 was prelockout
- And, most importantly, his few games in the AHL this season have been disastrous. Burke has a 2-5-0 record with Springfield to go along with a 4.52 goals-against average and an .856 save percentage.
I've talked about this before, but you can't help but wonder how things might have been just a little bit better for the Kings had they been able to recall Jason LaBarbera when they first ran into injury woes in the crease. Now, it's a lost season in L.A., and they're turning to an oldtimer for help.
I will say this, however: It'll be quite the story if Burke can turn things around.
UPDATE Spector had a solid take on the move on his blog this morning:
At this point, he can't make the Kings goalie situation any worse than it already was, so it's a worthwhile move on the part of GM Dean Lombardi.