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Brian Burke is a Mad Panda

Jul 28, 2007 – 12:20 PM
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Jes Golbez

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Brian BurkeWhen Oilers GM Kevin Lowe signed Ducks winger Dustin Penner to a massive RFA offer sheet, it was only a matter of time before the bombastic Brian Burke gave the media some juicy soundbites.

Burke didn't disappoint, as he went on a mini-tirade and let his emotions flow for all to see.
"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.

Burke was also disappointed with the timing of it _ Burke was entering the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in Penticton, B.C., on Friday night.

"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.

Now, I know Burke had a 4.0GPA at Harvard Law, and is normally a brilliant guy, but he comes off as nothing but childish from these comments. A lack of respect for the BC Hockey Hall of Fame? *laughs* Yes, I'm sure the BC Hockey Hall of Fame will be forever tarnished and bruised by this offer sheet.

Look, Brian, business doesn't stop just because you are out having a little vacation/induction ceremony. Lowe wants to improve his club NOW, so why should he wait for your convenience? Business is business, as a lawyer should know.

As for the salary offered to Penner, it had to be that high for a couple of reasons.

1. If Lowe offers a lower salary (like $2-3mil/season), Burke will easily match the offer, and the Oilers will just have wasted their time. The Oilers don't watch the Ducks to match, hence the very high salary figure.

2. Penner probably wanted a premium to play in Edmonton. With all of the free agents (such as Michael Nylander) spurning Edmonton, Penner probably wanted an extra million just to go to the city that NHLers despise.
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