Since Kevin Lowe offered RFA, Dustin Penner, the 5 year/21.25 Million Dollar Offer-Sheet there has been outrage by both the NHL and us hockey fans. I have on question for all of you, why?
Lets a look at some sections of the CBA:
Any player who meets the
qualifications set forth in the following chart
and (1) is not a Group I Player or a Group IV Player,
and (2) is not an Unrestricted Free Agent, shall be deemed to be
a "Group II Player" and shall, at the expiration of his Player
Contract, become a Restricted Free Agent. Any such player shall
be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with
any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and
sign a Player Contract with any such player, subject to the
provisions set forth in this Section. As used in this Section
10.2,"Age," including "First Contract Signing Age" means a
player's age on September 15 of the calendar year in which he
signs a Player Contract regardless of his actual age on the date
he signs such Player Contract.
First Contract Signing Age Eligible for Group II Free
18 - 21 3 years professional experience
22 - 23 2 years professional experience
24 or older 1 year professional experience
What that proves is that Kevin Lowe never broke any rules sending Dustin Penner the offer sheet, if it was so bad then why did the GM's agree to it when the CBA was under construction?
Let's take a look at the breakdown of the contract:
Year 1: 4.25 Million
Year 2: 4.25 Million
Year 3: 4.25 Million
Year 4: 4.25 Million
Year 5: 4.25 Million
I can understand why Brian Burke may be angry, it is probably because if he matches the offer sheet than that turns Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf into 5 million dollar players. The Oiler organization has a choice of how much money they pay their players, they chose 4.25 million for Dustin Penner, that is called agressive general-managing. We should be praising the skills of Kevin Lowe because he knew that the Ducks were pressed up against the cap, so he over-payed because he knew Brian Burke couldn't match. He didn't send Zach Parise an offer sheet because the Devils had enough cap space to match any offer sheet that the Oilers would have thrown at them. So Penner seemed like the logical choice.
So to all of you Kevin Lowe bashers, you guys need to stop with the bashing. He is just following the rules set by the CBA and nothing else, its not like the Ducks aren't getting anything in return. They are getting 3 draft picks (Edmonton's 1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks) in return, which are sure to be high picks in each round because Edmonton won't finish high in the rankings. So here are my words to Brian Burke: "Suck It Up!"