Burke with a muzzle
A somewhat muted Brian Burke responded today to Oilers GM Kevin Lowe in the O.C. Register:
Lowe on Friday: “Corey Perry is a hell of a player. What I really want to say about his (Burke’s) bickering about parity and the salary cap is if you’re unhappy about them, then trade him (Perry) our way. We’ll be glad to have him.”Round and round we go.
Burke on Thursday: “It is our understanding that NHL member clubs are not entitled to express interest in the services of a player belonging to another NHL organization. Our understanding is that such an expression of interest constitutes tampering. We have asked the league to investigate whether a tampering episode has taken place. We’ve asked them to make a full investigation into that. We will have no further comment on this, and whatever the league’s decision is, we will abide by that.”
“The NHL has stepped in and stopped the fight, and we respect that,” Burke said. “We believe the NHL has a perfect right to do that, and we intend to abide by the league’s directive, which is to stop the criticism. There is no question in our minds, or no defiance. I consider the public debate to be at an end, because that is what the commissioner has ordered. I don’t view this as continuing the debate. This is responding to specific jabs that our team needed to address.”I'm glad that was cleared up.