Gag order still in effect

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Commissioner Gary Bettman legislated a cease and desist order on one of the best feuds the NHL has seen in some time, gagging Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke last summer.

So the fireworks that normally surround an Oilers-Ducks game will have to be limited to the ice.

"It's a bigger deal for the media than anything," Shawn Horcoff said of the bitter war of words between the Ducks GM and the Oilers president.

"It was between two general managers. We don't talk about it in the dressing room at all."

Lowe, who accompanied the Oilers on their trip to Anaheim, wasn't talking about it either, other than to say he has no comment.

The man at the centre of the whole spit storm, Dustin Penner, is laughing the whole thing off. Asked if it'll be easier returning to his old team with a lot less baggage than followed him last year, he grinned and said he packed two bags, just as many as last year. Clearly he's more relaxed now that he's a year removed from the controversy.

"It's easier going back. You don't have that hoopla behind it," he said. "It'll be nice. I spend my summers there and I still have a lot of friends on the team and in that area. It's always nice to rehash old friendships. And this time I feel more a part of the team. Last year it was early in the season (after he just got here). This time I feel a lot more part of the Oilers."

He doubts he'll hang out with Burke, who went on for months about Penner's offer sheet in Edmonton.

"I don't think so," he said. "We don't usually hang around in the same spots."


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