The Ducks declined to match the Oilers' five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet for wing Dustin Penner, instead taking their first-, second- and third-round picks in 2008. Anaheim took almost all of the one week it had to match the offer for Penner, who in 2006-07 had 29 goals and 16 assists in his first full season, before deciding.
"We don't believe these salaries make sense," general manager Brian Burke said. "If I believe these salaries don't make sense and I match, then I'm just as dumb as the team that extended the offer."
Burke had harsh words for Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe when the offer sheet was signed, calling it "an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job." By Thursday, his feelings had not changed.
"It's certainly not a priority for me to mend this fence," he said.
And not for Lowe, who in July signed 43-goal scorer Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50-million offer that the Sabres matched.
"I have not (called him), and I don't plan on it," he said. "I have one responsibility ... to the Edmonton Oilers' fans and the Edmonton Oilers' ownership. I'm not in the business of trying to make friends; never have, never will be."
PENGUINS: A new arena will open at the start of 2010-11 instead of the end of 2009-10 as previously planned to avoid racing against a deadline.