The Hat on Burke's business
Eric Duhatschek responds today to my earlier queries about just what the Anaheim Ducks and Brian Burke are up to:
But all that cap space that they’ve got squirreled away? They’ll keep it as long as possible; see how the season evolves; monitor whatever injuries that may occur; and then once they get nearer to the trade deadline, decide what area needs plugging and go from there. But the timing of those moves is going to be later, not any time soon.If I'm one of Anaheim's rivals in the West, I'm eying those free dollars warily. You have to wonder if San Jose will regret forfeiting some of their cap leeway when they took on the Vladimir Malakhov contract.
Which brings up this question: Does winning in a salary-capped NHL require having more on the books at the end of the season than the beginning?