With Michael Ryder signing for just under $3 million, The $4 mill Kevin Lowe offered RFA Dustin Penner now looks even more ridiculous. Burke must have had a big fat mile when he saw that.
Both players hit around 30 goals, with Ryder out performing in the assists department. Also, Penner is entering his second NHL year, and while he displays great potential, he hasn't proven he can be a consistent performer just yet. It is plain and simple over payment, and this is the first hard evidence against it. Kevin Lowe may be trying a bit too hard to win at any cost and is quickly becoming the next Bobby Clarke.