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10-16-2012, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by
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You mean in 2008, when Burke basically had to choose between keeping Bertuzzi's $4m hit or letting Niedermayer come out of retirement?
Burke would have kept him if he could, and even said he felt TB could still play and be effective at the NHL level; that the Ducks were merely handcuffed by the cap. Buying out Bertuzzi was the only way to clear enough space and remain a top team. Bertuzzi scored 38 points in 71 games last year, compared to 40 in 68 his one year in Anaheim. Burke would certainly take him - especially at half price.
Bertuzzi also cost the ducks Penner. Overall the Bertuzzi contract was pretty much a disaster for the ducks
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