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Burke On The Cutting Edge

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Pronger had asked for a trade from Edmonton and yesterday shed little light on the reason he wanted out, other than that it involved his family. The rest, he said, was "none of your business, basically. "I understand why people were hurt. I feel for them. I didn't want it to turn our this way, but it was a personal matter and it's going to stay that way." In some ways, it's a good deal. With Scott Niedermayer already in place, the Ducks now have the kind of defensive tandem that is rarely seen in today's hockey. It's reminiscent of Gary Suter and Al MacInnis on the blue line of the Calgary Flames when they were one of the dominant teams in the league. The creation of such a potent pairing shows that Burke is right on the cutting edge of today's NHL thinking which puts a premium on elite defencemen. But if that's what he wanted, why didn't he just buy Zdeno Chara?

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