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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Does Kevin Lowe have "balls"?

This is a topic that has been pissing me off for some time. Alright.

Leading into this offseason, evey rumor was Lowe is on the verge of doing something...Lowe is about to acquire a huge name. Jokinen, Horton, Redden, Marleau...etc.

Flashback...trade deadline 07. He lost Ryan Smyth, franchise player, over 1 million bucks! Now he is bitching and crying for big names. He has more cap space than he knows what to do with...but he is a brilliant GM. And when he trades Smyth, he doesn't even get a name in return. Ohhh a 1st rounder...yeah he already had like 3.

News Flash...Edmonton's roster SUCKS! What do they have to offer to any team? Nothing. I am pretty damn sure if Edmonton even had a somewhat nice offer to give, another team could easily outbid Edmonton.

Thomas Vanek's 7 year/50 million offer sheet. Alright, people said oooh Lowe has balls for doing that. Let me see....He knew Buffalo would match it after losing both Briere and Drury. So...no risk there. And even if Lowe had to give up 4 1st rounder is comepensation, he got a young 50 goal scorer, probably better than any 1st round he'll get. Also, it isn't like Edmonton is a place where they can "rebuild" ala Pittsburgh.

So Lowe acquired Pitkanen from Philly. Well, it isn't like they got him for nothing. Joeffry Lupol and Jason Smith are both great players. A top 6 and a top 4 for a top 4 defenseman. Pitkanen is young so he may have more upside, but it is hard to say Lowe robbed Philly. If anyone, Philly won the deal because they didn't want Joni and got value.

Now the 5 year/21.5 million offer to Penner. Oh no. Hey Kevin, your the idiot who traded Pronger to your own conference. Should of told Chris to shutup and play. And for those like Eklund who are all don't piss Brian Burke off. Shut up. This is guy overrated as a GM. Selanne, luck, wanted to give him a 2nd chance and it worked out. Niedermayer, only signed for his brother. Pronger, was a okay deal with another stupid GM. Losing Federov, a high retarded GM helped him in Columbus. Don't piss Burke off. Oh, what's he gonna do? If anything, Lowe is getting even in the Pronger deal where he got ripped by Burke. And isn't it better for Anaheim to lock up an RFA like Penner for a somewhat reasonable deal. Hell, send offer sheets to Getzlaf as well. Burke is obviously going to match, since he stated that awhile ago. But, even if he changes his mind. Lowe has I believe 2 1sts and a 2nd in compensation or some sort, so that's a nice deal for a guy like Penner. Lowe wins either way.

So does he have balls? No. Is he smart? Somewhat. He knows how to play poker. But he did mess up with Pronger and Smyth. Every GM makes mistakes, but 2 franchise guys, come on.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lowe is definitely not "bitching and crying" as you would say. You don't know a thing about the Oilers. He has his reasons.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous jha said...

I thought I typed in www.bruinsrumors.blogspot.com and not www.oilersfans.blogspot.com...

I'm just bustin, Oilers got some troubles for sure

7:53 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Lowe is playing by book so there's no reason for Burke or anyone else to complain...

8:33 AM  
Anonymous David from Edmonton said...

I'm a Bruins fan stuck in Edmonton but I know Kevin Lowe screwed up with Smyth. He has tried everything this offseason to sign free agents but got screwed over by Nylander and offered more money to Slava Koslov than he took to stay in Atlanta. He couldn't get anything from that avenue so he trying every else. Penner for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd pick or at least it might spur some trade talks with Anahiem...but if this doesn't work I think his days are numbered.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous B.Shoebottom said...

Sounds like a desperate move by a desperate man....

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who gives a shit

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least this guy works his balls off when he loses a franchise player.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous BF1478 said...

Hey Matt, aI appreciate your passion. You shouldn't post when you are loaded though. Kevin Lowe, who cares. Pronger, in my opinion is highly overrated. He has a great shot and it only takes him 30 seconds to get it off. Add to that the "new " NHL doesn't allow him to get towed around the ice anymore.

So Lowe is not the most effective GM in the NHL? Neither is Chia.

Please Bruins, get another d-man, please!

2:49 PM  

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