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Who's right in the Burke-Lowe feud?
Tue, July 8, 2008

The NHL has warned feuding general managers Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke that they need to end their public dispute or face significant fines.

The warning for Edmonton’s Lowe and Anaheim’s Burke came during a conference call with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and executive vice-president Colin Campbell.

Burke criticism’s of Lowe began last July after the Oilers made a US$21.25-million, five-year offer sheet to restricted free agent Dustin Penner and the Ducks did not match it. Burke has repeatedly blamed Lowe and the Penner offer sheet for spiralling salaries on young restricted free agents.

Lowe finally shot back at Burke on July 4 during an interview that included some stinging comments about the Anaheim GM on Edmonton radio station The Team 1260.

After all the dust has settled, who do you think is right? Have your say in our forum.

NHL muzzles Lowe, Burke



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No doubt Burke's gone a little over the top , but he has a valid point. Sure makes for great Television.
Ray, 2008-07-22 17:47:14

I'm right!! Burke is a great big blow hard, as I like to say, a legend in his own mind. Problem is, he keeps repeating it and there are a few Morons (Bettman) out there who believe him. What has he done. Lowe, sure he has made some questionable moves, what GM hasn't. Not so long ago everyone was singing what a genious Garth Snow was, not so much now. Bottom line, I can't wait for Burke to go to Toronto and fail miserably.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-07-22 13:11:17

Of course Burke is right ( sarcastic ), let his record speak for himself. Did nothing in Hartford, nothing in Vancouver and took over a team Bryan Murray drafted a good part of the key players including the 2 corner stone pieces, Perry and Getzlaf.

Burke just talks to hear himself I am thinking. Why the Leafs are all gaga over him beats the heck out of me.


John, 2008-07-20 01:37:37

dazed and confused

Pronger was TRADED to the Ducks, not signed as a free agent. Where you get that was tampering is beyond me. You seem to know very little about hockey. Your comments about Gilmour being a coach and comparing your house league play to him being an NHL player is hilarious. Good one though you clown.

change your id to dumb and dumber
Pete, 2008-07-19 04:48:09

Neither is totally right and neither is totally wrong. Burke shouldn't have taken a hissy fit in public when Lowe went around the gentlemen's agreement to not tender offer sheets to RFA's. Not that I blame him after Pronger went to the Ducks. Hmmmmmmm....suspicious? tampering?

The only thing wrong with the whole situation is the biggest problem with the NHL... Mr Little-Big man...Gary Bettman. He is a pox on the NHL with no foresight and no hindsight. This little twirp is ruining the NHL little by little. Stop trying to make the NHL into NBA on ice you fool.

Fire Bettman and get a Canadian back at the helm.
Dazed and Confused, 2008-07-16 13:31:37

Here's a fact: The NHL is loaded full of favortism, and it doesn't goto the guys to the north. Just watch a game and see what you think.
Dwain, 2008-07-14 17:04:37

Burke spent a year making very personal attacks on Lowe and Lowe kept quiet for a year until he finally returned all of the cheap shots. Maybe Lowe could have been a bit more politically correct but I don't blame him one bit. The NHL finally stepped in (too late as it now looks like they were on Burke's side) and now Burke , by going public AGAIN with things that were best said directly to Lowe / Oilers or to the NHL office simply proves Lowe right. Burke never knows when to shut up and always wants the last word. Burke should be fined by the NHL for that statement (but probably won't). Burke's suggestion that the NHL investigate Lowe is absolutely pathetic. If he truly believes that Lowe was "tampering" then Harvard educated Burke needs to look up the meanings of "sarcasm" and "rhetorical statement" .
Big D, 2008-07-11 09:06:49

Well he did it again. The league says to cease and disist, yet he feels he can take another shot at Lowe. Burke is an ahole. Better yet the balls on the guy, here is the Leafs telling eveyone who will listen they want to hire him, yet Lowe makes an off the cuff remark stating if they don't want to sign players for the high salaries like Perry and he accuses them of tampering. What an A-hole. Lets see if Bettman finally shows us he has a pair and puts Burke back in his box. After all who's running this league Burke, the owners, Bettman????
Disgruntledfan, 2008-07-11 08:30:16

I find it rather bazaar that Bettman and Daly didn't wade in on this until Lowe had finally had enough of Burke's mouth and fired back. If the NHL were concerned about this kind of behaviour they should have reeled in Burke a year ago.
Jimbob, 2008-07-11 06:54:26

The salaries are a huge problem but it's not like Lowe invented it. If he has to pay a premium to entice any half decent player to go to a hole like Edmonton, then you have to do what you have to do to make your team better. That's his job.

Funny how neither is pointing the finger at the league for driving the cap up year after year. That's why there's a frenzy to get those huge long-term contracts signed. Yesterdays insanity becomes tomorrow's great deal. Remember how insane Dipietro's huge contract was and now, if he can stay healthy for a year or ten, he's actually looking like a reasonable steal for a number one goalie.

The best way to fix all of these huge contracts is to have the cap come down next year and make the GMs deal with that.
Rick W., 2008-07-10 10:18:52

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