From Eric Stephens of the L.A. Times:
Burke said it was a reflection of the offer sheets that were handed out last summer by Edmonton General Manager Kevin Lowe, with whom Burke had a bitter feud after the Oilers threw a five-year, $21.25-million deal at Dustin Penner that the Ducks didn't match.
"They're all being re-signed at inflated prices," Burke said. "Everything I said a year ago has come true. Every single word.
"Most [general] managers don't like starting fights with any other managers. . . .
Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract [for players] has disappeared."You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe."
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Burke is correct when he says that the second contract has disappeared. Whether that can be directly attributed to Kevin Lowe is another story.