Saturday, July 05, 2008

Oilers' Lowe fires back at Ducks' Burke - Fisking Lowe

Oilers' Lowe fires back at Ducks' Burke - Sports Rumors - NHL - Yahoo! Sports

"Where do I begin?," started Lowe. "He's a moron, first of all."

Well, that's an opinion certainly.
"He's an underachieving wanna-be in terms of success in the NHL."
Again, that's an opinion and is based solely on how one defines success. If riding on the coattails of greatness to six Stanley Cups is your definition, than Burke is a total wannabe.

If earning an LL.B and MBA from Harvard, being hired as Vice-President in charge of discipline for the NHL, being credited for re-viving the ailing Canucks, increasing their attendance, and making them a competitor again, and if building a Stanley Cup contender in one-fifth the time it took Lowe are more along your line of a definition, than Lowe is mistaken.

"He won a Stanley Cup? Great. I've won six Stanley Cups, you want to count rings? Who cares, it's just a little pathetic that he carries on."

Let me point out that all six rings were won as a player. Five with the oilers during their heyday. Now it is without a doubt that I say Lowe contributed to getting those five rings, but I'm pretty sure Gretzky, Kurri, Coffey, Anderson, Fuhr, and Messier had a lot more to do with that, considering that Lowe's points never broke fifty, and from '85 through '92 they only rose above 26 once. As team captain in the '91-'92 season Lowe scored 10 points and was traded to the Rangers.

Incidentally, the cup that Lowe won with the Rangers was also won with the help of ex-Oilers Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Craig MacTavish, and Glenn Anderson.
Where Lowe's cup aspirations have faltered have been behind the bench. No cup in ten years behind the bench (not unheard of, and not uncommon). One year as assistant coach, one year as coach (they made it through the first round and were eliminated in the second), and now eight years as GM.
"This guy is an absolute media junkie and I guess he's achieving what he wants because he gets his name in the headlines."

Really? Because Brian Burke doesn't make any headlines in Anaheim, and neither do the ducks. Despite being more community oriented than any other major team in Southern California. Despite having made the playoffs pretty consistently, despite having won a cup, and despite bringing hockey to California in a way that the Sharks and the Kings were unable to accomplish.
"Lastly, he's in a pathetic hockey market where they can't get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on."

See above regarding media headlines. Now, despite this horrible media deficiency, which is shared by more than a couple American teams, the Ducks have consistently sold out home games, and have carried on their community good works.

Brian Burke has faults, but for all that he's regularly regarded as a class act who is both passionate about the game, and about people. He's gone beyond simply being a team general manager and worked with the NHL, as other GMs have, to improve the NHL and the game of hockey.

With all this, I gotta wonder who the real moron is.


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