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Dear Oilers Fans

from Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers,

To Oilers Fans Everywhere:

We all thought this was going to be the year the Oilers turned the corner. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and it hurts. It’s frustrating – for all of us. For our fans, for our players and staff, and for everyone in our community who shares a common bond around a game, a team and a city that we love.

I know this will almost certainly be the eighth consecutive year since we made the playoffs. I hate that fact as much as anyone, but the reality is that this is only year four of the rebuild that started when we drafted Taylor Hall. The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer. That doesn’t make it fun for anyone; it just means we have to stay the course.

Yes, we hoped and expected to be better this year – there’s no question about that. But we’ve also been more active than any team I can think of in rebuilding our organization from bottom to top by supporting player development in OKC and Bakersfield, revamping our scouting organization, naming a new GM and a new coach, signing free agents like Justin Schultz, Boyd Gordon, Andrew Ference, Anton Belov and Ilya Bryzgalov, and trading for players like David Perron, and now Ben Scrivens and Matt Hendricks. And we’re not done.

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Comments

Red Winger's avatar

When was this written? 2007? 2008? 2009? 2010? 2011 ...

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/20/14 at 05:05 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

so delusional.  Accountability is realizing that you hired the wrong guy, and continued to hire from the same clique afterwards.  When will the oilers realize that hiring former oilers to run the team is a bad idea.  Maybe try hiring a GM without ties to the team and actual experience with success?  Such a loser mentality in Edmonton.  Sad to see how a team has progressively went down the drain after having such a strong legacy.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 01/20/14 at 05:16 PM ET

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