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SBD/January 21, 2014/Franchises
Oilers Owner Pens Letter To Team's Frustrated Fans As Long Rebuild Continues
Published January 21, 2014
HEY, J-J-JADED: In Edmonton, John MacKinnon writes the Oilers' "increasingly jaded fan base has tired of empty promises," and Katz's "'right track' looks like a rut, if not a trench to many of them." Katz' message "provides no comfort to fans whose patience has been abused for years." MacKinnon: "At worst, it dumps more salt on their emotional wounds" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 1/21). Also in Edmonton, David Staples wrote Katz' letter is "the same old, same old 'right track' stuff, even as the losing" of the Oilers is "starting to reach historic proportions" (EDMONTONJOURNAL.com, 1/20). CBSSPORTS.com's Brian Stubits wrote of the team taking a step back, "When you've been waiting this long as a franchise to see things turned around, that's going to be frustrating," and it can be "harder to swallow the idea that Katz is spouting that the Oilers are on the right path." It "seems like the pieces are coming together but the results aren't showing that." The fans do not "have much option but they're just going to have to grin and bear it as the Oilers stick the course and go through the painful process of the ongoing rebuild" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/20).