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Out Of The Blue

from the Edmonton Journal,

Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.

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Edmonton Explains Bad Season

from the Edmonton Journal,

In a full-page newspaper advertisement in both Edmonton dailies, Patrick LaForge details a string of obstacles, including injuries and extended road trips, that hampered the Oilers’ performance this year. Under the headline, Proud to be in Oil Country, the letter from LaForge also defends Edmonton as a great place to play hockey.
“It’s our annual report back to the fans and the community on how we did,” LaForge told the Journal in an interview today.

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Edmonton Plotting a New Arena

From CBC,

Mayor Stephen Mandel will soon announce a blue-ribbon committee to examine building a $400-million arena in downtown Edmonton.
The downtown arena, an idea talked about in Edmonton for years, would be built on the site of the downtown post office just north of city hall.
Mandel will name a panel next week that will be charged with examining the details, such as figuring out how to pay for the arena.

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What? Edmonton still has a hockey team…?
(Just kidding, Oilers’ fans, honest!) wink

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The Spoiler Role

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Like it or not, it’s hard to lure players to Edmonton, unless they grossly overspend, which is not going to be an option, not after this year, not after banking zero dollars in playoff revenue. In the third year of the new CBA, even with the salary cap rising, more teams are going to want to stick to a budget as opposed to spending to a limit, Edmonton among them. Some teams that notoriously overspent in the past may go back to their old ways, thus making it less of an even playing field - financially if nothing else - next season.

more on the Oilers and how the Avs could handle Theodore…

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Oilers In Spoilers Mode

from the Edmonton Sun,

If, after going 1-17-1 in their previous 19 games, scoreless in their previous eight periods and hopeless for as long as anyone cares to remember, the Edmonton Oilers concluded their six-week March of the Damned with a win in Calgary.
If the hated Flames miss the playoffs because the blind squirrels to the north find an acorn tonight in the Saddledome.
This is too good.
Who could have guessed that the last game of Edmonton’s worst year ever would be this compelling, this important?

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Oilers Still Talking Pronger

from the Edmonton Journal,

As great a hockey blessing as Pronger’s stay in Edmonton was, his departure has been a curse. Any post-mortem of what has gone wrong with the Oilers begins with the questions still surrounding the Pronger affair: Why, in fact, did Pronger leave? And what has his departure meant for the franchise?
Nichols believes that Pronger himself has failed to be forthcoming enough about his departure, falling back on the excuse that he wanted out for private family reasons.
“I think Pronger was too vague. He owed it to our organization and to the fan base to be just a bit more specific about it, because that is what is annoying everybody.”

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Lowe Looking For Balance

from the Edmonton Sun,

“We treated our fans to some of the best hockey they’ve seen in well over a decade last year, and this year we’ve rebounded with probably the worst hockey they’ve had in over a decade. We just have to find a little balance.”
The search begins right now and, judging from what he’s seen over the last 18 games, Lowe will need a bigger shopping basket than he originally anticipated. Management said they’d learn a lot about their players during this stretch, and they have. But much of it isn’t very good.
“We have, in our minds, a clearer picture of how we see our team coming together next season, what holes we need to fill, besides the obvious ones.”

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One Win

from the Edmonton Journal,

That would be one win in a quarter of an NHL season. ONE win. And the Oilers aren’t an expansion team. And they almost won the Cup last year.
OK, they had a nasty run of injuries. So has Buffalo. The Oilers traded heart-and-soul guy Ryan Smyth five weeks ago, but it’s not like Wayne Gretzky left. They’ve needed binder twine, spit and glue to keep the defence intact, so much so Jason Smith should have been asking for a raise for babysitting.
But c’mon. One win in a quarter of an NHL season. When was the last time that happened? That’s the only storyline that’s really worth talking about.

more on the Oilers…

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What’s The Difference

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The real issue on the table but seemingly never discussed is as simple as this: why do players flock to Nashville to play for the Preds but treat Edmonton as hockey’s version of a gulag?
The simple answer: Nashville wins. They do it regularly since they emerged from their expansion pains, they do it in a style that players love to play. Bur there’s more to it than that. They do it in the environs of a small but enthusiastic fan base in a city with a mild climate, countless entertainment options, relatively easy travel, a friendly family environment, surprisingly low-cost housing, no state income tax and, and this is no small consideration, a forward thinking management that believes in stability and a long-term view. Throw in the cream of country-western music talent, much of it tapped to sing the national anthem every night and still more of it playing the bars, clubs, honky-tonks and even the Nashville Arena on non-game nights and well…

more... plus other NHL bits…

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Edmonton- Where Did It Go Wrong

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

In exchange for a Cinderella playoff run and a shot at their first Stanley Cup in 16 years, the Edmonton Oilers would surrender their fate to the Prince of Darkness for all eternity.
Only somebody messed up the wording on the contract and they ended up with an eternity’s worth of hardship in one season.
“It’s been weird, frustrating, tough, every bad word you can think of applies to our team this year,” sighed winger Fernando Pisani, shaking his head at the Oilers’ stunning nosedive. “A season to forget, that’s for sure.”

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