Morning Skate: Crunching the numbers 

December, 6, 2007
Ducks GM Brian Burke will be playing some high-stakes poker in the coming days (and maybe weeks) as he seeks to get his 2008-09 payroll in compliance with the league's salary-cap requirements.

By poker, I mean Burke will be chatting up his peers around the league to find a palatable deal that will allow him to activate returning stud defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Under the circumstances (Niedermayer is currently a "suspended" player), Burke doesn't have to activate his star defender for 21 days. He'll have that much time, if he needs it, to swing a deal to get his 2008-09 payroll in line with CBA rules.

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