Ducks accuse Oilers of tampering
Ducks general manager Brian Burke has asked the NHL to investigate whether Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe's comments last Friday about Ducks forward Corey Perry constituted tampering. Burke said he raised the issue with commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, when Bettman ordered Burke and Lowe to end their public feud, then followed up his request with a letter. In a lengthy interview with Edmonton radio station CFRN (1260-AM) last Friday, Lowe said, "Corey Perry is a hell of a player. What I really want to say about (Burke's) bickering about parity and the salary cap is, if you're unhappy about them, then trade him (Perry) our way, we'll be glad to have him." In the interview, Lowe also criticized the Ducks' signing of Scott Niedermayer in 2005. In response, Burke said he asked the NHL to investigate whether the Ducks engaged in any misconduct to acquire Niedermayer. NHL spokesman Frank Brown declined to comment on either investigation Thursday. But, he said, if tampering is found to have taken place, "there are a variety of possible penalties, including fines and possible loss of draft choices."