Monday, November 13, 2006

What's Brian Burke Up To?

From TSN.ca:

The Anaheim Ducks were busy on the trade front on Monday, sending forward Stanislav Chistov to the Boston Bruins for a 2007 or 2008 third-round draft pick and acquiring forward George Parros from the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick in 2007.

A third deal saw tough winger Todd Fedoruk go to the Philadelphia Flyers for a fourth-round draft pick in 2007.

The moves cleared US$800,000 of payroll from Anaheim's books. They added Parros' $450,000 salary while losing Fedoruk's $450,000 and Chistov's $800,000.
Burke is one of the NHL's most astute general managers. Canucks fans know this because he built the team from a league bottom-feeder to being one of its most exciting and well-run teams; Ducks fans know this because he took the Ducks to the Western Conference final in his first year as their GM.

This season, the Ducks currently have the best record in the league, yet sit comfortably at $4.143 million under the salary cap. Today's moves give them an extra $800,000 of cap space - or almost $5 million total.

Is this a precursor to a bigger trade? Or is this simply a matter of getting something in return for a player, Chistov, who doesn't fit in the Ducks' plans? (Insert Jan Bulis/Marc Chouinard comment here.) Or is he clearing up cap space to re-sign more key players - Giguere, Selanne, Dustin Penner, Ryan Shannon, etc. - who are free agents after the season?

Or is it all of the above?

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 2:16 PM


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