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Burke angry at Lowe's blow? No suprise!

You knew that Lowe's offer to Dustin Penner would anger Brian Burke:
"I have no problem with offer sheets, they are part of the CBA," Burke said on a conference call. "I think it's a tool certainly a team is entitled to use. 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."
Zing! Love it! Burke is so good at being blunt. Oh wait, there's more:
"I was not notified of this until an agent faxed it into us," he said. "I thought Kevin would have called me and told me it was coming. I thought that was gutless."

"Kevin Lowe has been in Penticton this week," Burke said. "Tonight is the induction ceremony for the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame and I certainly think this could have waited until Monday. I don't think it shows a lot of respect for the B.C Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I think it's a classless move timing-wise."

I've always thought of the whole thing as a double-edged sword. I agree with Burke calling Lowe out acting out of desperation, but making an offer to an RFA is by the books. But, can you imagine the 3 picks Lowe would have to give up for Penner as compensation??? Is Penner worth it?

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