1) Firstly we want to say that we at FAUXRUMORS are big Burke fans. Not only has he been a fairly successful hockey executive(The GM of the Cup champs), etc, but we like the manner in which he constructs his teams. Pushing a style of hockey(old time hockey some would call it) that most real hockey fans prefer. We also like the fact that he isn't evasive with the media. Unlike GM's such as former Flyers boss Bobby Clark, who many times would say one thing and the next day do the exact opposite/treat the media/fans as if they were his mortal enemy, Burke tells it like it is. Folks in the media know if he says something, they can take it to the bank.
2) So we listened to his interview last week with a significant degree of interest. (The link for the entire interview is provided) In the 3 minute or so segment he was asked about his (former-?) friend Kevin Lowe, who successfully signed away Dustin Penner from the Ducks this summer, he didn't hold back any punches (and we wonder if given a chance he would literally hold back punches?!) what he felt about Lowe. Calling his move "colossal stupidity" and stating that he felt Lowe had 'run his own team into the ground', and "threw a grenade at the other 29 teams" in response to his own bad moves
3) This is our take:
- Yes, the Lowe move to try to sign Vanek, then successfully get Penner WERE moves of desperation. At the time, we at FAUXRUMORS said just that- http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2007/07/is-lowe-desperate.html
- We also mention here how we feel this move(s) may have long term implication to the league. http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2007/07/vanek-wins-lottery.html
- That said, we disagree with the public/personal manner in which Burke has made this. Lowe did NOTHING against the rules as outlined in the new CBA. He merely used these rules to try to improve his club. Its not his job to worry about the other 29 teams, and what ramifications his club's moves will have on others.
- He may have broken the unwritten code of screwing a fellow GM, and making the mistake of not informing Burke prior to screwing him, but that was Lowe's prerogative to do. It may have been a bad move, and it may have been a crappy thing to do to a buddy, but this is not a friendly hockey pool, this is a multi-billion dollar business, and Lowe very well may be trying to save his own buttocks. He needs to do what he feels is best for HIS team. In this instance Brian Burke should button/bite his lips and get over it and move on.