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Associated Press
9/27/2006 5:29:47 PM

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) - Although the Philadelphia Flyers could be without goaltender Antero Niittymaki for up to two months, the team is in no hurry to acquire a proven NHL backup.

Niittymaki, who tore the labrum in his left hip during a Tuesday morning practice, is awaiting results of tests and an examination to determine if surgery will be required.

The injury gives Robert Esche the chance to start most games in the early part of the season. Esche has played in 110 regular-season games since joining the Flyers in 2002.

On Wednesday, general manager Bob Clarke said he had been contacted by the Tampa Bay Lightning about goalie Sean Burke, a former Flyer. Clarke declined the offer, Burke was put on waivers Tuesday and cleared them.

Clarke said he will wait to find out how long Niittymaki will be out before making any personnel moves. If Niittymaki is out for a long time, Clarke indicated he may go after a veteran backup.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=179029&hubname=nhl
 

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Clarke is the worst GM in the League why would you give up an opportunity to Sean Burke. Robert Esche is not a good goalie. I'd feel safer with Ty Conklin in net :eek: . It's ridiculous he's ruining the flyers. He was a heck of a player but not a GM.
 
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