Lowe: Burke's hiring will help revive Battle of Alberta

The Canadian Press

9/5/2013 8:12:43 PM

PENTICTON, B.C. - Kevin Lowe hopes Brian Burke can add more truculence to the Battle of Alberta.

The Oilers president of hockey operations said Burke's hiring in the same role with the Calgary Flames "will be great" for the historic rivalry between the NHL clubs.

"All of us, the Flames and ourselves, we can only wish that we could get back to those days (of the late 1970s and early 1980s) again in terms of the interest, the hype and the great hockey that it was," said Lowe before the start of a prospects tournament in Penticton, B.C.

"If Brian can add to that, it would be awesome."

Back then, the Oilers and Flames ranked among the NHL's elite clubs and waged some legendary battles for top spot in their division and the NHL. But the rivalry cooled over the past two decades as they struggled to retain high-priced free agents in the pre-salary-cap era and saw their on-ice and financial fortunes dip.

Burke, who is known for being fiery, strives to make sure his team plays with truculence. He also describes himself on his Twitter page as truculent, and has feuded with Lowe in the past. When Burke was general manager of the Anaheim Ducks, he objected to Lowe's signing of free agent winger Dustin Penner to an offer sheet.