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Oilers' Lowe Apologizes For Comment Regarding Team's Fanbase
Published April 18, 2013
LOWE'S STANDARD: In Edmonton, John MacKinnon writes many fans "define a change in leadership to be new faces, perhaps younger hockey people, different voices and ideas, a fresh vision." MacKinnon writes, "Part of the package with Oilers Owner Daryl Katz is he wants to win the Stanley Cup" with Lowe and new GM Craig MacTavish, his "colleagues and, more important, his friends." Oilers fans are "long-suffering" and have "had to be patient, in the extreme, suffering through seven straight non-playoff seasons that have been all the more painful after that run to Game 7 of the ’06 finals." And Lowe "rubs salt in their wounds by saying there are two types of fans?" There was "no question he had to apologize for that, and good on him for doing so" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 4/18). In Edmonton, Terry Jones writes Oilers fans, a "significant percentage of them, want somebody to be punished for seven years out of the playoffs and Lowe’s been the boss throughout." The bottom line is Lowe, MacTavish and Senior VP/Hockey Operations Scott Howson will "all have to go if they don’t get the Oilers playing deep into the playoffs sooner than later." Jones: "But put me down as a columnist who believes they’ll succeed and all the fans will live happily ever after" (EDMONTON SUN, 4/18).