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Oilers Fight Anti-Edmonton Sentiment; Katz Formally Introduced
Published July 3, 2008
|Oilers Fighting Anti-Edmonton Sentiment
From Pronger's Departure From Team
FIGHTING MISPERCEPTIONS: Staples notes one of the first moves of the Oilers’ “counter-offensive” in the spring of ‘07 was to send NHL agents a hand-carved box made in Alberta. Inside was a video recorder, which “turned on to play a video" hosted by former Oilers player and coach Craig Simpson that "promoted Edmonton and the Oilers.” Current players C Shawn Horcoff, LW Ethan Moreau and D Steve Staios all “spoke glowingly about the city” on the video, which ended with GM Kevin Lowe “talking about the [Oilers'] commitment to winning another Stanley Cup.” The team's signing of restricted free agent RW Dustin Penner last year “got players, agents, managers, and the rest of the hockey world talking about Lowe’s aggressive tactics, rather than focusing on any perceived shortcomings of the city” (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 7/2).
Oilers Formally Introduce
Katz As New Team Owner
STAYING THE COURSE: The EDMONTON SUN’s Derek Van Diest writes the Oilers are “one of the healthiest franchises in the [NHL] operating under a strong business plan. It’s a plan that won’t change too drastically with Katz at the helm.” LaForge: “The business operates in the black and we already play to the cap. (Katz) is more strategic and more competitive in the sense that he’s always asking ‘What else could we do’? And I really enjoy that” (EDMONTON SUN, 7/3). Katz said, “More than anything, we will instill a vision of limited bureaucracy. We won’t have committee meetings or board meetings. Decisions will be made very quickly” (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 7/3).