The Other Side
Kevin Lowe, it's fair to say, showed another side of his personality this week in his infamous press conference rant after hiring Craig MacTavish to replace the dismissed Steve Tambellini.
He ripped the fans who don't attend the games, forgetting they are going to be asked to help pay for a proposed new arena. He boasted arrogantly of his six Stanley Cup rings.
One soft question and the man just kind of lost it. All those years of being a calm voice of reason in the public arena - poof! - gone in a few ill-considered sentences.
It was a Lowe many in the hockey public hadn't seen before. He apologized - sort of - and we move on.
That said, it does demonstrate that there may be another side to hockey's best feud.
See, until now most have figured that it was the legendary temper of Brian Burke that both initiated and fueled the ongoing dispute between he and Lowe that started over the Oilers' signing of restricted free agent forward Dustin Penner when Burke was still in Anahaim.
Burke further added credence to that impression with his infamous suggestion that he and Lowe "rent a barn" to have a fistfight, which he said was the result of Lowe challenging him to a fight in a radio interview.
Well, Burke's version no longer seems so farfetched. Indeed, this feud now looks more likely to be the product of a clash between two proud and sometimes beliigerent hockey men, not just one.
Lowe has long been viewed as the steady, calm Oiler stalwart during their glory years, and the brains on the playing roster. All that may be true, but he showed a short fuse in public this week that didn't surprise those in the business that know him well.
To some degree, the bad blood between Burke and Lowe was addressed after the death of Burke's son, Brendan, in a car accident. Burke said Brendan had urged him to patch things up with the Edmonton executive, and he did.
But there remain lingering elements to the feud. And now we can probably rest assured it wasn't all generated by the former Leaf GM.