Gary Bettman Plays Referee To Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe Feud

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2008

With the growing animosity between Ducks' general manager Brian Burke and Oilers' general manager Kevin Lowe, it seems NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has decided to referee.

Bettman basically told Burke and Lowe to cool it, during a conference phone call between the three men this morning.

"The NHL, in response to Kevin Lowe's comments over the weekend, has ordered both Burke and Lowe to both cease and desist," the Ducks said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

No fines or penalties were assessed.

Lowe responded to Burke on Friday on an Edmonton radio station calling the Ducks GM a “moron” and a “media junkie”, along with some pretty harsh comments about the Southern California hockey market.

This was all in response to Burke's initial comments about Lowe being the reason for a sharp rise in salaries for talented young players. Additionally using offers made by Lowe to Thomas Vanek and Dustin Penner as examples.

Buffalo matched the $50 million offer to Vanek, while the Ducks let Penner go, refusing to pay a five year $21.25 million contract. After the Ducks let Penner go, Burke said Lowe’s action were "an act of desperation by a general manager who is fighting to keep his job.”

In other Ducks news, the Ducks signed goaltender David LeNeveu to a two-way contract. LeNeveu, 25, recently played for the Rangers organization and was a second-round pick for Phoenix in 2002.

Original Article and Image Source: Stephens, Eric. "NHL's Bettman orders feuding Ducks and Oilers GMs to cool it." Los Angeles Times 07 Jul 2008 7 Jul 2008