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Who do you support in the Burke-Lowe feud?
Thu, October 4, 2007

Tired of the constant verbal attacks from Anaheim GM Brian Burke, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish both launched counter punches at The Mouth That Roared. Burke, still upset that Edmonton signed Dustin Penner to a five-year offer sheet last summer, mugged for the TSN cameras on Tuesday, griping about the "colossal stupidity of what the Edmonton Oilers did."

Lowe responded yesterday by calling Burke an "egomaniac" and a "blowhard," and MacTavish likened him to a media puppet.

Oilers fire back at Burke

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BURKE IS THE TYPICAL AMERICAN, BIG MOUTH THAT WHINES AND HAS TO BE RIGHT ALL THE TIME.

WAIT TILL THIS SUMMER BURKE BOY AND SEE WHAT OFFER SHEETS YOUNG GUYS LIKE GETZLAF AND PERRY ARE GOING TO GET.

YOU WILL BE GOING OFF YET AGAIN LIKE A SPOILED BRAT HOW THE OTHER GMS ARE BEING FAIR TO YOU.

I HOPE THEY BOTH LEAVE SINCE YOU DIDNT DRAFT THEM AND SEE WHERE YOU ARE NEXT SEASON. ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN AT THE PLAYOFFS.

THE DUCKS WERE A GOOD TEAM WITH GOOD YOUNG TALENT BEFORE THE WHINER GOT THERE, MURRAY DRAFTED GETZLAF AND PERRY.

GOOD LUCK THIS SUMMER BABY YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT.
Darren, 2007-10-05 10:46:57

Ed very interesting observation about Lowe's hair or lack of it. He better go get the hair replacement thing done or he wont be worth a rats *** as a gm huh.

You should work for the Leafs with that kind of observation. lol
Mike, 2007-10-05 10:39:44

Hey Burke ....... want some cheese with your whine?
Harv, 2007-10-04 20:45:43

I don't know about the feud, but I do know that Kevin Lowe must come to the realization that he's going to be bald,and quit combing it forward like your fooling anyone and accept the fact that Burkes got way better hair, and a better team......
ed, 2007-10-04 20:23:55

Three things about the Penner signing.

1. It is within league rules and available to any one out there. Lowe did absolutely nothing underhanded or illegal.

2. There is no way this will inflate overall salaries. Hello, there is a cap in place, and what this will do, is merely shift salary emphasis from one group to another. In other words, RFA's will make more money,and UFA's will make less - that's a good thing in my opinion.

3. Brian Burke wouldn't be in this position if he had made Penner an offer in the first place. He blew hsi wad on over the hill players Schneider and Bertuzzi, put himself right at the cap limit and left himself vulnerable. What a fool - he deserves to be fired. Bryan Murray is the one who drafted and put the core of that team together, not Burke.


Don Steinbring, 2007-10-04 18:57:31

When Lowe was up against the "wall", Burke didn't see anything wrong with taking advantage (no-one can claim the Pronger trade was equitable) of the situation. Why is it so wrong for Lowe to take advantage of Burke's team being cap limited?

As another writer has already said, if Burke was so worried about Penner being signed to an offer sheet, why did he offer $4m/yr to Bertuzzi? That money could have kept Penner in Anaheim, but Burke chose to reward his chum for his egregious actions against Steve Moore. In any other line of work (including any other sport), delayed payment for that kind of contract thuggery would get them both jail time.

If Burke is as upset as he appears, I suspect it's at his own signing mistakes, not Lowe's actions. The rules are the same for everyone. Grow up.
John Bladen, 2007-10-04 18:51:57

The comments being said are emotionally charged. This said, Brian Burke's view that salaries rise because of the Penner signing is totally off base. The money available out there has nothing to do with one "over priced" signing. All the Penner contract did was cut into Edmonton's cap space; Burke is just mad that he couldn't keep Penner at an undervalued price. I agree that Burke is a blowhard. He needs to quit his whining and manage HIS team.
spoon, 2007-10-04 18:38:52

Hey Jeff, what was Burke's point in all of this anyway?
Joe, 2007-10-04 18:31:52

Burke you sound like a broken record! My children dont whine as much as you do.

Lowe was well within his rights to go after any free agent he choose to. I cant blame Lowe for doing what he had to do to try and improve his team.

This isnt something that should affect his friendship with Lowe, I bet if Burke was the GM in Edmonton and couldnt sign any unrestricted free agents he would then go after restricted free agents like Penner.

Grow up Burke and suck it up! You will have a cow this summer when both Perry and Getzlaf get offer sheets like Penner's.
Al, 2007-10-04 18:10:23

Wow! only Jeff and Geoff have defended Burke on this one. Same guy?
BurkeBlows, 2007-10-04 18:00:50

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