From Dan Wood of the Orange County Register:
“This is dictated by our cap situation and our budget situation — nothing more, nothing less,” Burke said. “It’s a tough day for me because obviously I’ve been through a lot of battles with Todd Bertuzzi. He played some great hockey for me. There’s no beef with the player whatsoever.”
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Burke has arguably been Bertuzzi’s biggest supporter throughout the past five years, so his buyout of the forward on Friday was obviously difficult for him. Nonetheless, Burke has to do what he thinks is best for the Anaheim Ducks at this time and not let personal relationships get in the way of that goal. Give him credit for buying out the veteran winger and moving on.