Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/02/05 at 09:26 AM ET
For Burke and Carlyle to succeed in Anaheim they'll have to break the Canuck mold and assemble a team that wins not just from October through mid-April, but in May and June. They'll have to create a strong identity that will elevate the Ducks above their current place as the junior entry in a wounded sport in a crowded market. The Burke-Carlyle Ducks can't be the Canucks with slightly different accents and better tans. Burke came to the Ducks a year after he was let go by the Vancouver Canucks, whom he built into an exciting regular-season team that never got past the second round of the playoffs during his six-season tenure. He has often said he wants the Ducks to play the same aggressive, up-tempo style as the Canucks did, even though it didn't get those teams far. His argument that his Canucks lost to rivals with higher payrolls doesn't entirely withstand scrutiny.
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