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by Paul on 05/03/07 at 10:46 AM ET
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
But Brian Burke says that you should save some of your applause for Linden tonight. If not for him, Burke says, NHL players might still be working in Omsk and Hamburg and Zurich.
Because Linden was the president of the Players Association in 2005 and looked for solutions instead of scorched earth, a projected two-year lockout ended after one year. Obscured as it might be by 24-hour poker, the league is laboriously coming back.
“Without him we might still be out,” said Burke, the Ducks general manager who was Vancouver’s assistant GM when Linden signed, and was Vancouver’s GM when Linden returned in ‘02.
“He got a small group of players and management together and kept trying to get something done. He showed a lot of leadership.”
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