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Brooks: "Really Lowe"

In his Sunday column, New York Post hockey scribe/columnist Larry Brooks takes some shots at Oilers GM Kevin Lowe for his handling of the Vanek and Nylander situations last week.

Lowe had every reason to be upset once Nylander reneged on the deal he and his agent, Mike Gillis, had struck with the Oilers. No doubt Lowe was an injured party, though not nearly as injured as Nylander would have been had he followed through on the original deal once Mrs. 92 essentially informed her husband he would be making a choice between Edmonton and her and the kids.
But instead of taking it - everyone knew the story within 48 hours - Lowe not only took it public, but took it one step further by issuing a formal complaint to the NHL in which he is somehow seeking some redress. Just like that, Lowe went from injured party to irresponsible litigant.
If the collective bargaining agreement isn't clear enough on the definition of what constitutes an NHL contract - a standard SPC registered by the league - then the 1995 Mike Vernon arbitration case most surely is. That was the case in which goaltender Vernon filed a grievance against the Red Wings, charging that he, a) first reached a contract agreement with the team by fax that the organization declined to honor; then, b) accepted a second offer from the team only to have management pull it from the table before they promised to do so.
Arbitrator George Nicolau ruled on Sept. 5, 1995, that [a signed SPC] "is the touchstone of employment," and affirmed the meaning of the CBA in that regard.

Read the whole thing here.

Note: I'll be working the golf tournament again, so this will probably be my only entry today. Have a great Sunday.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 8, 2007; 8:08 AM ET
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thanks Tarik, have a great day out there.

Posted by: GA.Capsfan | July 8, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

That article is fantastic.

At some point I'm going to have to get past the Lowe-hating kick that I'm on right now.. maybe next week.


Posted by: Oneal | July 8, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Lowe. You've become the NHL's answer to Ainge and McHale. Now, are you going to survive the season?

Posted by: tallbear | July 8, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse


It was cool meeting you at the golf tourney on Saturday. Hopefully the Post will let you get back to covering hockey soon. Again, you do a great job covering the Caps, keep it up.

Jacob Pankey

Posted by: Anonymous | July 8, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Jacob -- I'm still stunned you recognized me. Wilbon, by the way, got a pretty good laugh out it.

Posted by: Tarik | July 8, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The Kevin Lowe antics have so many dynamics that it is impossible to figure how it or even if it will end, certainly not before the next CBA.

If his ploy of giving an offer he was told would be matched continues, the number of RFAs that can reasonably be resigned by any team is definately going to shrink. This will be interesting.

Posted by: Old Bob | July 8, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

After reading the entire article, the most damning thing against Lowe is that he could have really put the Rangers in a bind with an offer sheet to Lundqvist (and it's not like Edmonton has a franchise goalie right now), but because of his relationship w/ Sather, he chose not to do so (even though if it really was about 'winning' and 'not personal' as Lowe claims in reference to the offersheet to Vanek, it would have made more sense to go after Lundqvist)

Posted by: SM | July 9, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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