Monday, June 04, 2007

Burke gets help from the NFL

Ducks general manager Brian Burke has been a regular visitor in recent years at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp and other team facilities, checking out nearly every aspect of how the NFL team operates.

So when the NHL adopted a salary cap before the 2005-06 season, Burke reached out to his old friend, Colts president Bill Polian, for advice.

"He said everybody is always saying with (Peyton) Manning and Marvin Harrison that too much cap room is tied up in two guys," Burke said. "But those are the right two guys. He said focus on the (right) guys and find a way to make it work."
We've heard a little about the Burke-Polian relationship in the past, but it's interesting here that the Ducks GM gets into specifics a little. And it's certainly not too much of a stretch to infer that the "right guys" in Anaheim's case are his big-ticket defencemen, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer.


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