You’d think that Brian Burke had come home one night and found Kevin Lowe in bed with his wife.
Talk about holding a grudge. It’s been a year now, and Burke, GM for the Anaheim Ducks, has hurled nothing but vindictive poison at Lowe, GM of the Oilers. Burke has behaved like a kid in a schoolyard and the immaturity of it all isn’t lost on most of us, I think. Because all Lowe did was sweep Dustin Penner from out under Burke’s feet, and did so because he was trying to make his Oilers a better team. Isn’t making your team better the job GM’s are supposed to do?
But Burke took it personally, as if Lowe had some nerve to do what he did. And every interview, every chance since, Burke has gone out of his way to say he’ll never forgive Lowe, and how bad the Oilers will be because he got some draft choices from them, how Lowe had driven salaries up, and what a terrible person Kevin Lowe is.
And it’s never let up. Even last week Burke said he’d never forgive the guy. Such immaturity, it’s hard to fathom. Kevin Lowe didn’t run you over in a car and drive away, Brian. He didn’t trick you into buying the London Bridge. He took a big, young player with some good potential from your team when you least expected it. But it wasn’t illegal. It’s a dog eat dog business you’re in.
Sometimes a person just has to be a man about things. We’re still waiting, Brian.
Finally, the other day, after a full year, Lowe fired back. He said Burke had left the Vancouver Canucks in ruins, that Burke’s a media junky, and that he’s full of himself and the Ducks are a lousy franchise. You know what, Lowe might be right on all four counts.
Business is business in the NHL. If you’re a GM, you win or you’re replaced. So Lowe took Penner to help his club. So what?
Burke has called Lowe a clown, but in reality, the clown is Burke. Because he won’t let it go. He’s told the entire hockey world that Kevin Lowe is a rotten bastard. He’s been unnecessarily childish, and it begs the question, what was he like when he was in grade school? Was he worse or better then?
So good for Lowe for firing back. And in my mind, Lowe has come out the winner in this childish game Brian Burke started.