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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.

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Interesting to read all the comments, not one stuck up for Burke all were for Lowe. Is this the same Burke Jerk that the Leafs are falling all over. Give your head a shake Toronto no wonder you are in the mess your are. This is also the guy who was elated with the hit on Steve Moore as seen on national TV. Bettman has be sticking up for this guy for a long time. Good for Lowe, job well done. Now maybe the Leafs will see who he realy is and come to reality but I realy don't think they are smart enough.
Dave, 2008-07-08 20:36:48

I found the venom between these two funny and refreshing in a politically and media correct era. Burke got away with firing crap at Lowe for a year, while Lowe makes one shot and gets them hauled to Bettman's carpet to be told to be nice to each other publicly. Just a question for Burke, "Was the extended decision time for Niedermayer and Selanne last year a way to get under the cap with minimal impact on your team?". To me Lowe plays by the rules and Burke doesn't.
mark, 2008-07-08 19:33:57

Brian Burke proves how big of a moron he really he is. He may very well have done the same thing if their roles were reversed. So why is he taking this so personally? After all, isn't just business? Three words of advice: GET OVER IT.
Russ, 2008-07-08 18:53:33

Burke 0 Lowe Won!


Fan-o-Lan, 2008-07-08 18:30:03

Lowe did the right thing and he was supported by the new owner. He hit the nail on the head with every comment he made about Burke. Bettman is the only real loser in this case he allows Burke to spout off for over a year taking cheap shot after cheap shot and then when Lowe finally stands up for the Oilers and Bettman decides to shut it down. Winner Lowe, Losers Bettman and Burke.
Copper and Gold, 2008-07-08 18:18:29

I think Burke is an educated man, however, everytime he opens his mouth he sounds like a constipated ape. Lowe, was a pro for the past year not taking his comments public, until he finaly had enough! good for Lowe. Burke never built a team from the ground up, [ always inherits one], although he will get that opportunity if he really makes to the Leafs.That cupboard is empty, and he will fit well with the jock sniffers upstairs in the Leafs boardroom. In the next life, I see Burke and Bettman as allstar turnip pickers in Kansas.
A.Andruchow, 2008-07-08 17:52:29

I don't think it's any accident that the league didn't step in until Lowe decided to respond. After all, it wasn't long ago that Burke was on the league payroll. Clearly, Burke should have been censored months ago, I've never heard the likes of this whining....even politicians drop issues faster than Burke did. Burke is trying to blame his own ineptitude on someone else, he is indeed a moron.
Fan, 2008-07-08 17:36:07

You know, Burke had nothing to complain about at all, and Lowe is correct that Burke is not a great GM. He does have one more Cup as GM than Lowe (Lowe's sups came as a player and thus are really not a factor in regards to who the better GM is), and that cup is largely the result of a BAD trade by Lowe.

I am glad Lowe finally said something though because Burke was complaining about something that was both legal and ethical to do.
Bob, 2008-07-08 17:16:34

lowe played by the rules...why are they there if your not supposed to use them. sour grapes by burke who i hope he ends up in toronto where his ignorance will be magnified 1000 times.
randy, 2008-07-08 17:11:42

If Lowe can't say it I will. Burke is a knob. He cheats the system with the signing of players. Can't wait to see him fail uh I mean works out in Toronto. Which will be next year as he has already emptied the cupboard in Anaheim. By the way anyone heard from Wayne. I knew he was a fry cook at McDs. Ever since GM announced the closing of the Oshawa plant, no Wayne. No one in Oshawa is eating at McDonalds any more I guess. He must be too busy looking for a new job.
Disgruntledfan, 2008-07-08 13:06:28

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