Monday, November 13, 2006

Duck dealings

Anyone have a beat on what Brian Burke was up to today?


At 7:11 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great question. Kudos go out to the Avs, though, for plucking Parros off waivers and then trading him less than a month later,in essence picking up a second round pick off the waiver wire.

At 8:03 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Good question, James. On the surface it merely looks like Burke is doing some minor housecleaning. As you noted on the G&M blog, the Ducks are sitting first overall in the league and are among only a handful of teams with more than $5 million in available cap space.

Maybe he's prepping for a monster deal later this month, or perhaps he's taking a page from Jim Rutherford's playbook by giving himself plenty of room to perhaps make a couple of late-season acquisitions to bolster a Cup run.

At 8:46 p.m., November 13, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

He definitely isn't angling to pick up a defender. Scoring depth is the only obvious need. Who that would be is for Lyle or yourself to answer.

At 9:04 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous snafu said...

Guys, the Ducks do not have $5 MM of cap space. Selanne is taking up $6 MM of cap space, even though he is getting paid $3.8 or 3.9 MM. Since his incentives are based on regular season play, the Ducks have to leave enough cap room for the entire amount (base + incentive).

That puts the Ducks cap hit at $41.39 MM. Even if Selanne never reaches his milestones, Burke is still over his stated target of a payroll of $38 MM. At least that is where he said he wanted to be last summer. I can see sending Chistov off; he wasn't going to see much playing time so why spend that kind of money. It's not like the Ducks revenues are going through the roof. Other than that, there are very few European players Burke seems to like. Selanne and Bryzgalov may be the exceptions to the Burke rule.

At 9:24 p.m., November 13, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Other than that, there are very few European players Burke seems to like. Selanne and Bryzgalov may be the exceptions to the Burke rule.

Don't forget Sammy Pahlsson!

I don't think that Burke is up to anything, really. Messageboards are nuts, but I gathered these two decent points:

a) Paying Fedoruk to be hurt is no good for the Ducks, in terms of real money, not cap impact. There is real money being saved, cap-be-damned.

b) They would have lost Chistov through waivers had they tried to send him to the AHL. This avoids that scenario, and frees up some dead money as well.

At 9:30 p.m., November 13, 2006, Blogger Rick said...

People who don't follow this team closely probably don't realize that Bryzgalov is in the dog house. He's been quickly yanked twice already this season, his good numbers notwithstanding.

With everyone remembering his shutout streak from last year, he's good trade bait.

I've heard there's a trade with Phoenix for Jovo, and even one for Forsberg. I don't think I buy either, but it's Burke, so who knows.

At 10:35 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One vote for boredom. :)

At 11:07 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous Chris Degroat said...

Yea... I think Burke was just bored out of his mind. His team was doing so well that he didn't even have anyone to complain to. Plus, it's not like the $800K savings is significant.

At 11:30 p.m., November 13, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

Never mind what Burke was doing today, exactly WTF is Holmgren doing adding payroll in the form of Todd Fedoruk. Just what they needed! Everyone knows that the Flyers' problems this year were a lack of goons. It's not an immobile defense, or a lack of scoring depth, or anything resembling quality goaltending. Nope, it was a lack of toughness! It looks like Holmgren has a grasp of his team's problems, and they are about to turn things around.

At 2:34 a.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous LG said...

Burke was a guest speaker in my class at UBC last week just prior to the Canucks game and he mentioned we would be hearing about a trade in the next few days. He didn't elaborate too much on what he was going for, other than he wanted a tough guy since his current one was injured. Not sure if he has anything up his sleeve, but it sounded like he just simply wanted to have a tough guy back in his lineup.

He also commented on his... distrust of European players. Thinks they will play here for a bit then head back to Europe, and aren't good for building a good team foundation (with the exception of Selanne who he loves).

At 7:04 a.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He spoke at UBC about his distruct of Euros!! Like Naslund, his captain in Vancouver? Or the Sedins, for whom he moved mountains to draft? Are you sure it was Brian Burke?

At 2:22 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous David said...

Fedoruk wanted to go back east when he became a free agent at the end of the season and he got to go "home" early to Philly where his family is.

Burke got something for nothing for a player who will be out at least a few more weeks.

If you're going to add a tough guy to your team, Fedoruk's a good choice. He's not just someone who's always said "I'm working on my skills", he's really improved and his skating shows it. 23 points last year for someone in his role is pretty good, although whether or not he'll be able to match anything like that on Philly remains to be seen.

Parros was brought in because supposedly Burke wasn't happy about Shawn Thornton not doing much when Boogaard and co. were pushing around Giguere. No secret Burke likes a tough team. With players like Moen and O'Brien they're certainly scrappy.

At 3:03 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous lg said...

Yes I'm sure it was him at UBC, and yes that's what he said. He didn't say he hated all Euros - he could not say anything but good things about Selanne. He just said that in general there is a level of distrust in that they will not be in it for the long haul here.

At 11:40 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

He just said that in general there is a level of distrust in that they will not be in it for the long haul here.

Yeah, that Nick Lidstrom has been faithless to the Red Wings. Fetisov and Larionov, too.


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