Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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?


At 12:51 p.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Anaheim may have more money but San Jose still has a couple of million dollars in cap space (good for $6 million in annual salaries at trade deadline time) and an extra first round pick to dangle as trade bait. In my opinion San Jose has fewer holes to fill as well. They really just need a veteren defenseman where as Anaheim can probably use a defenseman and some more experienced at the forward positions as they are still fairly inexperienced up front.

At 12:57 p.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are definitely right in saying that with the salary cap a team's success could be dependent on the space available to them at the trade deadline.

We've already seen a few teams shipping players up and down on the same day to save on their salary.

And $6M?! that is a lot of space. I wonder what the Leafs $35.76 could buy in annual salaries.

At 2:07 p.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

It certainly seems that way, James, if the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes are anything to go by.

At 2:08 p.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing the Sharks get welfare cheques from the Leafs and the Habs under Bettman's CBA

At 4:03 p.m., November 15, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Why is this such shocking news? Rutherford and Lowe both did the same thing last year, using money late in the season to acquire talent.


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