Lowe seething over poll

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Kevin Lowe dismissed a recent Hockey News poll in which NHL players ranked Edmonton among the last places they'd like to play.

"Irresponsible journalism from my perspective," he said.

"Terribly. As (club president) Patrick LaForge said, we could go out and do a survey asking what do you like better, drinking beer or reading The Hockey News.

"It's how you ask the questions. You're going to get 99% say I prefer drinking beer than reading The Hockey News.

"Billy Guerin was on Jim Rome the other day and he said it was an unbelievable experience. There are going to be guys who like and don't like Edmonton. On the heels of the Pronger thing and what's going on with the team right now, we can't overreact to it."

Guerin told the nationally syndicated radio show that he loved his time in Edmonton.

"It was unbelievable. It was everything I thought playing in the NHL should be," he said.

"Atmosphere, the way that the Oilers were, the tradition of the organization. That was the best playoff building going at the time. It still is one of the best ones.

"The fans are great, the organization is great, it was awesome. It was like a fraternity. It is kind of like a family when you play in Edmonton. It's a good place to play hockey."

Ex Oiler Doug Weight doesn't think attracting players to Edmonton is a problem.

"They're going to be able to recruit guys," he said. "But I don't think what happened with Chris Pronger is going to help. You have a star that comes there ... (and left), and everyone is asking 'What happened? You went to the finals. Why was it so bad?' "


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