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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
It was a fine whine all right, reminiscent of the moaning and groaning Burke emitted from his Vancouver pulpit when the Sedins were apparently treated poorly by nasty foes and myopic refs a while ago. He uncorked another bottle when Todd Bertuzzi did his thug thing on Steve Moore and was duly suspended.
But Burke simply couldn’t do the math with Penner at $4.25 million and now he must make do with Bertuzzi, who was originally tagged to replace Teemu
Selanne’s goals on the wing. Now Bert will have to stay out of the penalty box, the infirmary and the commissioner’s doghouse long enough to score 29 for Penner too. Good luck, Duck.
If Burke isn’t on the phone at this moment begging Selanne and Scott Niedermayer to stave off retirement for one more year, he ought to be getting a call from his bosses.
more on the signing of Penner…
added 9:42am, from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Frankly, I’ve had enough of you, Mr. Crankypants.
Brian Burke makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like Tony Robbins, eating a tub of ice cream. What the heck does it take for you to get – and stay – happy?
We can forgive your irascible early years. You were young and it was the Hartford Whalers after all. Smiles were not in their budget.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke has already gone on record describing Lowe, his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, as desperate, classless, even gutless. And what did Lowe do that was so overtly wrong, so low and downright cowardly?
He didn’t call Burke to say the Oilers were extending a five-year, $21.25-million (all currency U.S.) offer sheet to restricted free-agent forward Dustin Penner, an offer the Ducks declined to match yesterday.
For that great crime against hockey, Lowe has been tarred and feathered as though he’d swindled old folks out of their retirement money.
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Anaheim had a week to match Edmonton’s offer and waited until Thursday’s deadline had passed before announcing it was letting Penner go.
‘‘We don’t believe these salaries make sense,’’ Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said on a conference call. ‘‘If I believe these salaries don’t make sense and I match then I’m just as dumb as the team that extended the offer.’‘
Burke was incensed by the terms and amount of last week’s offer, and at the time he had especially harsh words for Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe, saying, ‘‘Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it’s an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job.’‘
Burke’s feelings about Lowe didn’t change as the Ducks decided over the last week whether to match the offer sheet.
‘‘It’s certainly not a priority for me to mend this fence,’’ he said.
Listen to the Oilers press conference with Kevin Lowe and Dustin Penner…
Update 7:54pm ET:
A video of Brian Burke meeting with the press this afternoon, explaining his decision. (Go here, then click the link on that page.)
added 8:23pm, from TSN & the CP,
Lowe didn’t feel the need to make any apologies.
“There’s almost some insinuation from managers that because we’re friends we shouldn’t be doing this to one another,” he said. “I think our responsibility is not to one another, but is to our fan base and our ownership.”
more... coverage of both sides, completing the day!
Listening to CFRN radio in Edmonton, they’ve just made the comment on the air that “It is believed that the National Hockey League has informed the Edmonton Oilers that Penner is an Oiler.” However, they went on to insist there is NO confirmation of this information. Penner’s agent had not heard anything from the Ducks as of 2:05pm ET.
Update 2:43pm ET
In an on air interview, Penner’s agent Gerry Johannson has just explicitly confirmed that Penner’s rights have now been transferred to the Edmonton Oilers.
Update 2:52pm ET
The Oilers Get: LW Dustin Penner
Penner, 24, is coming off a rookie season in which he scored 29 goals and 45 points in 82 games, but he has a rare physical package that makes him an even more attractive addition.
Note: Photo is property of Sharkspage.com. Used with permission.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Anaheim Ducks decide today that Penner, who’s a very large No. 17 there, won’t be one of their biggest ducklings any longer because the Oilers’ $21.25-million US offer sheet is too rich for their blood, the 24-year-old forward can probably have just about any number he wants here. We know No. 71 is available, with Petr Sykora flying the coop for Pittsburgh.
Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who was steamed at Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe last week for making the raid on Penner, has until today to make up his mind.
If Burke decides to match the offer sheet, he notifies the NHL, the NHLPA and the player or his agent that he’s staying in Anaheim for the Oilers’ offer of $4.25 million a year through the 2012-13 season.
Burke can also call Lowe. Or not.
If he decides Penner is too big a financial gulp for his owners, then Burke presumably lets the deadline pass and the Oilers have a kid who scored 29 goals in his first full NHL season last year.
What do you think, does Penner remain a Duck or move on to Edmonton?
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
One thing is clear: Burke is making Lowe sweat. He’s taking the full week to decide.
But both these guys are going through a case of Tums and another of Mennen Speed Stick. Most likely, Lowe is the cooler customer right now. He’s in the proverbial catbird seat, and his biggest concern is how Penner’s five-year, $21.25 million offer will affect his team’s future salary situation….
I say no, Burke won’t match. I say yes, Lowe will get his man and have to live with the consequences.
Key to Burke’s decision, in addition to sticking to his guns on the Ducks’ salary structure, is a need for draft picks. Getting the Oilers’ first-, second- and third-round picks next June will be a benefit for the team’s development. And you can bet Burke will be hoping Lowe’s Oilers fall flat on their faces to increase the value of those picks.
from the Edmonton Journal,
It can’t be called blind faith, because a flippant label like that one would demean the fan base.
And these people know their hockey.
But for whatever reason, and there may well be plenty of them, Edmonton Oilers season ticket-holders have opened their wallets faster than ever this summer. It’s Aug. 1, six weeks before NHL training camp, two months before the Oilers play the San Jose Sharks in the first of 41 home games at Rexall Place and the team doesn’t have a single season ticket left to sell. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Several hockey pundits and bloggers have echoed Burke’s words, accusing Lowe of screwing up the player salary structure with his inflated offers for Penner and his earlier attempt to sign Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek.
Lowe has also been called hypocritical for engaging in the same wild spending that big-market teams under the previous labor agreement engaged in which once threatened small-market clubs like the Oilers.
Regardless of the criticism, Lowe is doing what he’s entitled to do under the collective bargaining agreement. Sure, the offers to Penner and Vanek were pricey, but Lowe has the available cap space, the willingness to use it, and offered what he believed would be enough to pry those players away from their respective teams.
from Darren Eliot at Sporst Illustrated,
Dear Mr. Lowe,
I’m writing you on behalf of all current and future NHL players and their agents. First, let me commend you on your brilliant use of the Collective Bargaining Agreement mechanism known as the offer sheet. In tendering both Thomas Vanek and, most recently, Dustin Penner you not only demonstrated keen insight into the minutiae of the binding agreement between players and management, you also exhibited an astute assessment of talent.
from Eric Franicis of the Calgary Sun,
By signing Dustin Penner to a five-year, US$21.25 million offer sheet that gives the towering rookie ten times more money a year than he made in Anaheim, Lowe has suddenly become the sort of reckless GM that prompted a year-long lockout.
After years of lamenting the foolhardiness of people like Glen Sather, Mike Milbury and Bob Clarke, whose constant overspending drove the market up and threatened the very existence of small market teams like the Oilers, Lowe is now the irresponsible one.
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