UPDATED: LOWE-DOWN ON BRADY SPECULATION

Robin Brownlee
October 04 2011 10:22PM

For now, file this one under unsubstantiated speculation, but there's a suggestion circulating out in the Twitter-verse that Kevin Lowe could at some point return as GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

A person listed on Twitter as Greg Brady -- @bradyfan590Toronto -- who has in excess of 7,600 followers, has put the possibility of a return to the GM's chair by Lowe -- with the blessing and backing of owner Daryl Katz -- out there in several tweets tonight.

Here's what Brady -- the link is here twitter.com/#!/bradyfan590 -- has offered via Twitter in seven different tweets over the last couple of hours (as of 10 p.m.):

THE BUZZ

-- "Would I bet it happens, yes? Could it take upwards of 24 months? Oh yeah. Lowe's only 52. He'll be back."

-- "I think he still has a daughter he wants to see thru finishing HS...after that, empty nest..back at it!"

-- "Also totally logical...he wanted to see his kid, Keegan, play a lot more..now he's been drafted."

-- "who's the blogger? Whoever is Katz's buddy/henchman is talking a lot with KEvin about a timeframe."

-- "Hugely so....Lowe moved upstairs because he was working himself bonkers, & kids needed him around more. STRONG source."

-- "Katz pushing Lowe behind the scenes...not sure Lowe will commit. HIS decisions weren't best, either."

-- "Well, they cannot be 30th again. Kevin Lowe's getting pressed by Katz to come back as GM. For now, no."

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED?

Corey Graham of TEAM 1260 in Edmonton mentioned this on the air tonight, so it's out there in this market, aside from circulating in the Twitter community. I've got no information at this point to substantiate or disprove anything Brady is suggesting, but it's likely worth sniffing around on.

Might Lowe, now Edmonton's president of hockey operations, be interested in a return to his old job after a respite from the glare of the spotlight? Maybe, especially if the boss is pushing it. Is it possible Steve Tambellini's future as GM is in doubt if the Oilers don't show substantial improvement this season? Absolutely. This might shape up as a case of, as Lowe likes to say, "Expect the unexpected."

Stay tuned.

UPDATE

Greg Brady took the time write about his tweets regarding Lowe and reaction to it in his blog at FAN 590 today. You can find that here: blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/fan590_gregbrady/2011/10/05/nothing-pending-with-oils/

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#101 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 11:26AM
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#102 Rob...
October 05 2011, 11:28AM
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Dipstick wrote:

Has the league stated that there will be no supplementary discipline for either Edler or Sturm?

They have said nothing, yet other incidents that happened the same day were commented upon by the very next day.

What I'm saying is that even a statement suggesting that 'the Edler and/or Sturm incidents were under review and further information will follow' would have been highly appropriate on Sunday... it's now Wednesday and Shani is busy putting out PR videos on how warm and fuzzy hits are delivered instead of taking care of business.

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#103 Douche Nietzsche
October 05 2011, 11:37AM
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NHLs rules and regulations are only second worse to the ones of the House of Saud.

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#104 oilerbill
October 05 2011, 11:39AM
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Is this an E5? I know many of you posting here saying no return for Lowe are the same ones that said Tambo was just Lowes puppet. What changed? Nothing. Tambo has never been Lowes puppet. It has clearly become Tambo's rebuild. Whether or not it's a succesfull one remains to be seen. I think he deserves a year of watching the team he has put together without leading the league in man games lost to injury.

If we want to have an article about the job Tambo has done versus what Lowe did and debate which one is better, then fine let's do that. How ever i think we should leave the NHL rumor mill to sites like Hockey Buzz.

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#105 Robin Brownlee
October 05 2011, 11:39AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

He also apparently said Tambellini is doing a great job.

Kiss of death? Let's hope so.

I have a call into Lowe but haven't heard back.

If Lowe says he isn't interested -- I know, what else is he supposed to say without putting Tambellini in a bad spot? -- we have to take that at face value until we find out otherwise.

Like I said, I don't know if Lowe and Katz have had a "what-if?" conversation. Lowe is a part of the decision-making process now without the day-to-day spotlight that comes with Tambellini's job.

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#106 David S
October 05 2011, 11:41AM
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Why are Tambellini and Lowe our only options?

Surely a team with this much future potential can attract someone more qualified than those two.

HMNF!

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#107 Dipstick
October 05 2011, 11:54AM
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You are probably right that there won't be any suspensions. He has until Vancouver's next game to announce a suspension.

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#108 Robin Brownlee
October 05 2011, 12:00PM
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According to Dan Tencer, Lowe calls the speculation about his possible return as GM a "fabrication."

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#109 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 12:16PM
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Unsubstantiated rumours don't make it to MSM like this. Someone's testing the waters i have to believe. Has someone notified the Fire Department?

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#110 Tyler
October 05 2011, 12:21PM
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Tencer appears to be paraphrasing and he's enough of a house man that I expect he knows how he's supposed to spin this. I want to hear precisely what Lowe said - he's always seemed to me like a guy who doesn't do straight out lying very well. Which isn't a bad thing at all, it just means that when he's asked an uncomfortable question, you can sometimes tell if the answer is something he'd rather not say.

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#111 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:23PM
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^yes it does MSM uses to unsubstabtiated rumours before.

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#112 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 12:27PM
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Count Grishnack wrote:

^yes it does MSM uses to unsubstabtiated rumours before.

There was a source on this, a fellow who probably wasn't wanting to tarnish his reputation at the Fan590 in the center of the hockey universe.

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#113 Tyler
October 05 2011, 12:29PM
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For those of you who don't know anything about Brady, I've followed him for a year on Twitter and I think he's pretty solid. I'm, uh, not generally inclined to think highly of MSM types but Greg is a) bright, b) not really someone who trades in rumour and c) has had at least one big hit in the time I've known him - he had a player telling him that the Thrashers were going to move before it was official.

So, take it for what you will. Just keep in mind that everyone denying this story has a pretty strong incentive to do so and Greg's track record doesn't indicate that he makes things up.

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#114 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:29PM
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He also told Daren drager that it was fabrication.That is one of the well know hockey analysis.

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#115 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:32PM
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Just because he got on thing right does not mean he know what he is doing.

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#116 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:32PM
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Tyler wrote:

For those of you who don't know anything about Brady, I've followed him for a year on Twitter and I think he's pretty solid. I'm, uh, not generally inclined to think highly of MSM types but Greg is a) bright, b) not really someone who trades in rumour and c) has had at least one big hit in the time I've known him - he had a player telling him that the Thrashers were going to move before it was official.

So, take it for what you will. Just keep in mind that everyone denying this story has a pretty strong incentive to do so and Greg's track record doesn't indicate that he makes things up.

Just because he got on thing right does not mean he know what he is doing.

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#117 Tyler
October 05 2011, 12:35PM
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Dreger's tweet says this:

"Kevin Lowe just called. Said he has no plans of coming back as GM. Responding to a rumour. Lowe says Steve Tambellini is doing a great job."

Which isn't nearly the same thing as calling it a fabrication.

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#118 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:37PM
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It does happen sometime ,remember the heatly situation.Poor Jason had to feel bad when his source said that heatly did say yes.

That is what it is like to be journalist ,you are going to make some mistakes even if you might be wrong and make yourself look like idiot.

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#119 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 12:38PM
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Tyler wrote:

Dreger's tweet says this:

"Kevin Lowe just called. Said he has no plans of coming back as GM. Responding to a rumour. Lowe says Steve Tambellini is doing a great job."

Which isn't nearly the same thing as calling it a fabrication.

No but that is the same things as saying that the rumor is not true

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#120 Gerald R. Ford
October 05 2011, 12:45PM
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@stevezie

Well said. It doesn't bother me because his record was always bad. As you stated, that's not true at all. It bothers me because his time in that capacity is done, and, when I hear this stuff, I begin to wonder if the organization is just compelled to forever look to the past, and not the future.

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#121 shawn
October 05 2011, 12:56PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

Well said. It doesn't bother me because his record was always bad. As you stated, that's not true at all. It bothers me because his time in that capacity is done, and, when I hear this stuff, I begin to wonder if the organization is just compelled to forever look to the past, and not the future.

Dude shut up ,Klowe was not terrible.You and some of the lowe hater need to you jump a brigde.

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#122 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 12:56PM
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Has to be a difficult field to be in when the team officials are telling you what they want you to believe and it's not always accurate/the truth.

I quite like this dynamite method of journalism. They probably won't be able to contian this story now till Katz speaks on this issue. We could be entertaining this scenario for the next couple days.

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#123 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:02PM
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Has to be a difficult field to be in when the team officials are telling you what they want you to believe and it's not always accurate/the truth.

I quite like this dynamite method of journalism. They probably won't be able to contian this story now till Katz speaks on this issue. We could be entertaining this scenario for the next couple days.

STUPID MORON,IT IS THE TRUTH U ARE THE ONES WHO THINKS IT IS NOT.FOR CHRIST SAKE.THE RUMOR IS RIDICULOUS.

THIS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRUST TWITTER ALL THE TIME,BOB MAC AND DARREN DREGGER ARE THE ONLY WHO KNOW THEIR STUFF.

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#124 Gerald R. Ford
October 05 2011, 01:04PM
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Dude shut up ,Klowe was not terrible.You and some of the lowe hater need to you jump a brigde.

This, of course, is an epic reading comprehension FAIL. Try again. I did not say he was terrible. Neither did stevezie.

I have no intention of jumping a brigde, anytime soon. Sounds rather vulgar, to be honest.

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#125 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 01:07PM
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Count Grishnack wrote:

STUPID MORON,IT IS THE TRUTH U ARE THE ONES WHO THINKS IT IS NOT.FOR CHRIST SAKE.THE RUMOR IS RIDICULOUS.

THIS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRUST TWITTER ALL THE TIME,BOB MAC AND DARREN DREGGER ARE THE ONLY WHO KNOW THEIR STUFF.

Not sure how to interpret that, do you still love me sir?

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#126 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:08PM
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No not right now because of your obsession with a dumb guy on twitter.

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#127 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:08PM
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No not right now because of your obsession with a dumb guy on twitter.

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#128 mayorpoop
October 05 2011, 01:09PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

well done quick. gonna start a one man riot if you keep it up by the sounds of it.

please keep antagonizing, thanks.

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#129 Gerald R. Ford
October 05 2011, 01:09PM
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When Wanye's not around, the love just disappears from this place.

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#130 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:13PM
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well done quick. gonna start a one man riot if you keep it up by the sounds of it.

please keep antagonizing, thanks.

Yeah no one says you are smart did they

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#131 mayorpoop
October 05 2011, 01:22PM
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Yeah no one says you are smart did they

oh burned. ouch.

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#132 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 01:27PM
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Count Grishnack wrote:

Yeah no one says you are smart did they

Count, if i may share one thing with you this day. It is that grammar, punctuation and spelling are dear to many a heart on these forums. Please proof read before hitting the post comment button.

Your contribution here should have included - Yeah, no one said you were smart, did they?

Just sayin pardiner.

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#133 stevezie
October 05 2011, 01:28PM
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I don't despise Lowe, but I'm curious why his supporters think he could quickly right this ship. If he had any great ideas I'm pretty sure he could get them done right now. It's not like he isn't involved.

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#134 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
October 05 2011, 01:30PM
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Troll alert! Kevin Lowe's mother has started an ON account! Why she calls herself "Count Grishnack" is anyones guess though.

Ma'am, calling people names is not a great way to gain respect. Also, what Quicksilver Ballet said about grammar and punctuation.

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#135 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:40PM
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So ,you do not respect the fact that smart people do not listen to real reason then some idiot form twitter.

You guys are not bright in this situations.honestly,it was reported that this was not true and it is done.No more conspiracy crude.

and no I am not Kevin Loews mom you ass.

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#136 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
October 05 2011, 01:41PM
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Who's Kevin Loew?

Edit: Ok, I'm stopping now.

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#137 Count Grishnack
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Crap, did not what quick silver told me to do?

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#138 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:43PM
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It was suppose to be Kevin lowe, agin I had did not do any proof read.

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#139 Count Grishnack
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Facepalm ooh boy, Do I need to go back to the second grand.

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#140 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 02:04PM
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grade

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#141 Chris.
October 05 2011, 02:07PM
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Maybe Lowe doesn't agree with Tambellini's assesment of the backend. It seems a shame to burn another year of the ELC's on so many good young forwards in an already doomed season.

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#142 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 02:11PM
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Maybe Lowe doesn't agree with Tambellini's assesment of the backend. It seems a shame to burn another year of the ELC's on so many good young forwards in an already doomed season.

maybe but I still think this is just a silly rumor.

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#143 The Towel Boy
October 05 2011, 02:25PM
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I don't know about anyone else, but I find the user interactions with Count Grishnack fairly entertaining.

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#144 FastOil
October 05 2011, 02:27PM
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I can't see Tambi being in trouble yet. This year is critical however, and if by start next season things aren't tidied up on the roster, then let the lynch mob be formed.

He has a lot of house cleaning to do, a few key veterans to sign, and has to find a home for an old goalie. Also can't keep Belanger, Horcoff, Gagner, Lander and RNH. Smart move would be to lose a vet.

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#145 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 02:34PM
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I don't know about anyone else, but I find the user interactions with Count Grishnack fairly entertaining.

hahaha very funny

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#146 Travis Dakin
October 05 2011, 02:36PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

I don't know about anyone else, but I find the user interactions with Count Grishnack fairly entertaining.

Holy hell.... what happened here today?

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#147 geoilersgist
October 05 2011, 02:37PM
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My thoughts exactly

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#148 Romulus' Apotheosis
October 05 2011, 02:38PM
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what's the over/under on this vs. Lowe lacing up and plugging a hole on the d?

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#149 Archaeologuy
October 05 2011, 02:51PM
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Sweet name.

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#150 Robin Brownlee
October 05 2011, 02:59PM
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Count Grishnack wrote:

maybe but I still think this is just a silly rumor.

Count: George Parros mentioned to me once he had a classmate at Princeton named "Grishnack." Was that you?

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