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Is this a good move by Kevin Lowe?
Thu, August 2, 2007

Kevin Lowe believes his only responsibility is making the Edmonton Oilers a better hockey team, not to other general managers.

After adding forward Dustin Penner to his lineup Thursday, he thinks he's done that. Penner officially became a member of the Oilers when the Anaheim Ducks declined to match a US$21.25-million, five-year offer sheet. Even though some like Ducks GM Brian Burke criticized the move, Lowe didn't feel the need to make any apologies.

Ducks part with Penner



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Not enough experience in the league to be worth that much money. BB should take the draft picks.
Jean, 2007-07-27 13:09:25

K Lowe hasn't lost it... the guy bleeds copper & blue! He's just doing what's best for the Oilers. The forwards they have at the moment aren't gonna get things done! He's not left with much choice... he's gotta get a free agent, and in my opinion, this was a smart play... Penner's a good fit to be an Oiler.
Mr Puck, 2007-07-27 11:26:25

I think Lowe is losing his mind. Penner had 29 goals and 16 assists for a staggering 45 points. Come on Kevin there are better players than Penner out there that havent signed yet. Lets see how about Mike Cammalleri ( LA Kings ) or Zach Parise ( NJ Devils ) either of them 2 are alot better than Penner. I believe Lowe would have to give up a first and second round pick plus a fourth or fifth. Thats alot to give up plus pay Penner $ 4 - 5 million. I hope for the Oilers sake the Ducks match that offer, they would really be doing them a favour which Lowe would realize down the road.
James, 2007-07-27 11:00:32

If you've got the money, why not spend it?

Is Dustin Penner the next Gretzky - no. If he worth as much as Jason Blake - yes.

This is a big strong kid who has proven everyone wrong at every step of his hockey career. Keep doubting him if you must. When he turns into a top flight power forward and he will, please remember there's no room for you on the bandwagon.
Scott Rogers, 2007-07-27 10:19:45

Lowe is doing what has to be done to change the image of Edmonton. Penner is probably not worth that much but he is a power forward and it is a start to rebuilding what was a disaster after Pronger left.

Image is everything and Lowe will have to overpay to change it. It's a solid move.
Neil Klawitter, 2007-07-27 09:50:10

You got to be kidding me! KLowe has officially lost it. Penner is no more than a third liner at best.Brian Burke will be laughing all the way to the bank with those draft picks and he'll nab some good yoong players as the next few drafts will be quite strong.
Tony S, 2007-07-27 09:17:24

Lowe is lost!

Anahamein wil suck up those draft spots and build another cup winner!

Penner...are you kiddin?? Playing with Pronger and Neidemeyer I could get 40 points!!

He is a great 4th line player surrounded by greatness...but 4 mill...wow the NHL is looney!!
dana tomalty, 2007-07-27 01:18:59

Good move. Hope it happens. He will lite it up with Hemsky. Souray aswell.

Most of you people in the east make me sick. mostly the media. You are just ticked The bum Leafs haven't thought of him. Lets see Oilers, Flames been in the final or even one cups. Even Ottawa, and the Canucks been to the big dance. Oh and the Habs with the cup in the early 90s. Leafs? Do they even have scouts?
Bad Billy Bart, 2007-07-27 01:15:19

If you're going to make an offer sheet, do it for a good player, not a mucker.

Even if the Oilers get Penner, I doubt it will have much effect on the team.

He's not even worth half the amount that Edmonton is offering.
Gordon S., 2007-07-27 00:12:57

Kevin Lowe is playing the system perfectly. To sign a restricted free agent you have to overpay enough to keep the other team from matching the offer. He knows he's overpaying, but he can also afford to pay it and give up the draft picks. Apparently quite a few fans don't understand this.
Dave Rice, 2007-07-26 22:52:54

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