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Niedermayer's expected return raises cap questions for Ducks

Updated: December 6, 2007, 9:44 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

While Ducks fans will be happy with the expected news of Scott Niedermayer's return, the next couple of days will be tough for GM Brian Burke.

Why? Well, he has to figure out a way to financially fit Niedermayer back into the roster. This season isn't the issue for the Ducks as the veteran defenseman will be paid roughly $4 million of his annual $6.75 million salary. The problem starts in 2008-09. Under the rules of the collective-bargaining agreement, teams must be under the cap ceiling ...

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