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7/8/08 10:02 AM
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Here's a little background for those that don't know...

(From http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=242347&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl)

After signing free agent forward Corey Perry to a five-year extension worth $26.63 million on Tuesday, Ducks general manager Brian Burke had some choice words about the new salary climate in the NHL and Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe.

Burke told the Los Angeles Times that the rise in salaries for young players can be traced back to Lowe.

"You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe," Burke said to the Times.

"Most [general] managers don't like starting fights with any other managers. . Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract has disappeared."

"They're all being re-signed at inflated prices," he explained to the newspaper. "Everything I said a year ago has come true. Every single word."

Burke and Lowe have been at odds since the Oilers put forth a five-year ($21.25 million) offer sheet to Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner. The Ducks did not match and Penner became an Oiler.

At the time, Burke explained he had no problem with a team putting an offer sheet forward offer sheets but the money involved was the issue.

"I think [an offer sheet] it's a tool certainly a team is entitled to use," Burke said last July. "My issue here is this is the second time this year in my opinion Edmonton have offered a grossly inflated salary for a player, and it impacts on all 30 teams and I think it's an act of desperation by a general manager who is fighting to keep his job."

The Ducks' GM was also critical of the process employed by Lowe and the Oilers.

"I was not notified of this until an agent faxed it into us," Burke told Canadian Press in July. "I thought Kevin would have called me and told me it was coming. I thought that was gutless."

The verbal jabs continued and on the TSN 2007/08 season preview show the Ducks GM had more to say.

"If I had run my team into the sewer like that I wouldn't throw a grenade at the other 29 teams and my own indirectly," said Burke."
7/8/08 10:03 AM
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Lowe fires back:

"Where do I begin?," started Lowe. "He's a mo-ron, first of all. Secondly, he really believes that any news for the NHL is good news. Thirdly, he loves the limelight and I don't think anyone in hockey will dispute that. Lastly, he's in a pathetic hockey market where they can't get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on."

and:

This guy is an absolute media junkie and I guess he's achieving what he wants because he gets his name in the headlines. But the reality is, I hate the fact that my name is linked to his. He's an underachieving wanna-be in terms of success in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup? Great. I've won six Stanley Cups, you want to count rings? Who cares, it's just a little pathetic that he carries on."

and finally:

"Here's a fact - he left (former Canucks GM) Dave Nonis nothing in Vancouver," he explained. "Nothing. He destroyed that team. If it wasn't for Nonis' incredible deals - to con Mike Keenan to get (Roberto) Luongo in Vancouver - that team was taking a nose dive two years ago."
7/8/08 2:19 PM
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Kevin Lowe would kill that fat shit Burke!! Lowe is right when he says that Burke is not in a hockey market and he is doing anything to get his team on TV/newspaper there.
7/10/08 4:44 PM
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its hilarious I love Burke
7/11/08 8:45 AM
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well before lowe, thomas vanek was looking 3.5 mil/ a season and liking it, then out of nowhere 7mil a season? come on!!

7/11/08 12:50 PM
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Kevin Lowe is a jackass. Fire MacT now!
7/17/08 8:30 PM
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 This feud is great for hockey. Buttman needs to back off.
7/18/08 3:22 AM
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Buttman obviously wants to steal the spotlight and show everyone how much of a big man he is. A proper commish would privately talk to both parties if he felt he needed to stop it.
8/1/08 10:27 PM
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i haven't heard buttman before but that's appropriate
8/1/08 11:54 PM
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otherwise agree with burke.

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