Wild week of wheeling and dealing ahead

Updated: June 17, 2003, 11:03 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
This weekend's NHL entry draft and a looming labor dispute after next season figure to make this a busy week of player movement around the league.

Some of the biggest deals revolve around goaltending, the most important position. Teams that need goalies are trying to spring deals before the July 1 free agent period and teams with depth in net are trying to take advantage of the seller's market.

The Boston Globe reports the Bruins have begun discussing a trade for Phoenix goalie Sean Burke in a deal that would hinge on Boston sending the 16th overall draft pick to the Coyotes. Presumably it won't be as simple as a draft pick for Burke because the Coyotes were asking for a lot more at the trading deadline. Phoenix reportedly wanted St. Louis rookie defenseman Barret Jackman, who just won the Calder Trophy, and three first-round picks in exchange for Burke, who was dogged by injuries and went 12-6-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 22 games last season, but the Blues balked and obtained goalie Chris Osgood from the Islanders instead.