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by Alanah McGinley on 07/27/07 at 07:00 PM ET
From the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks will conduct a conference call this afternoon with Brian Burke at 5:15 Pacific Time.
NOTE: The Ducks will not announce today whether or not they are matching the tendered offer to left wing Dustin Penner.
KK plans to be on the conference call and will provide updates immediately as they become available.
(Anyone want to guess what’s up? Burke doesn’t call out-of-the-blue press conferences for no reason…)
Note: Summation of the conference call, and the full official transcript, available below.
Update 8:20pm ET
Listening in on the Anaheim Ducks conference call live right now. GM Brian Burke has just stated, on the line from Penticton, BC, that
1. he will be consulting ownership on Sunday about what to do (regarding the Penner situation)
2. Kevin Lowe has made a “classless move, timing wise” doing this the weekend on the BC HOF announcements.
3. Burke has no problems with offer sheets, but that “for the second time this season, Edmonton has offered a grossly inflated offer sheet” on a player.
Update 8:27pm ET
Burke’s comment re. #3 (above) was that this was essentially a desperate act by a General Manager desperate to keep his job (regarding Lowe).
Burke also stated that he had no advance notice about this from Lowe. Asked by a reporter if he would’ve felt less annoyed with the situation if he’d heard from Lowe ahead of time, Burke suggested he would have appreciated that. Also, Burke recognizes that they (the Ducks) were acutely vulnerable in this situation, not knowing the status of players.
Update 8:32pm ET
Journalist asked what Burke was most surprised by in this situation. Burke pointed to the deal itself, suggesting the hockey media can make their own assessment.
Asked how good a player Dustin Penner really is, Burke said “I won’t comment on that,” for now. Burke says he’s not mostly irate because Lowe didn’t give him notice, but doesn’t really explain. The implication is that he’s mostly frustrated that the offer sheet itself is unreasonable.
Asked about Selanne and Niedermayer, he states that he is still not pressing them to make a decision about coming back to the team. He promised them the time to make their decision and isn’t going back on that promise.
Update 8:39pm ET
Burke says he can’t give a time frame about the Penner decision. He’s talking to ownership Sunday or Monday, but can’t anticipate anything for certain except that he recognizes he has till Thursday and won’t rush it for anyone else’s benefit.
Asking about how this may change his relationship with Kevin Lowe in the future, Burke declined to say any more than “we’ll see.”
When asked if the Ducks own offer to Penner was in the range of the Oilers’ offer sheet, Burke stated he wasn’t sure of particulars, but that it was nowhere near the Oilers’ offer.
END OF CONFERENCE.
Please note: This is my own on-the-fly summation of Burke’s comments in the press conference. We will make a transcription available with the exact content as soon as it becomes available.
Update 9:08pm ET
The Anaheim Ducks website has provided a transcript of the teleconference for you do get the complete details.
Update 9:48pm ET
CP via TSN has also now posted about this story with their own summation.
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