Oilers owner 'committed' to current vision
Daryl Katz tells Edmonton fans in open letter it's important NHL club 'stay the course' for long-term success
EDMONTON — More patience, please — and no, no one is getting fired.
Those are the primary messages delivered in an open letter to Edmonton Oilers fans from owner Daryl Katz posted Monday afternoon on the team’s web site.
Katz, who bought the team from the Edmonton Investors Group in July 2008, says hates “as much as anyone” that the Oilers will likely miss the NHL playoffs for the eighth consecutive season this spring, but that it’s important the organization has to “stay the course.
”“The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental results went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer,” he writes.
Katz acknowledges fan frustration that comes with a losing record and little hope for a run at the Stanley Cup this season, but he says the team has no plans to “sacrifice the future by doing something short-term.
”“Those days are over and they’re not coming back,” says Katz, who also addresses “personal attacks” team president Kevin Lowe, in particular, has endured.
“That’s really unfortunate. Kevin is a big part of our organization, and it’s not just the Oilers that value his knowledge and perspective. He is consistently chosen, year after year, to play a leadership role with Hockey Canada.
“But when it comes down to it, this is Craig MacTavish’s team. He is the GM. He makes the calls, and he is accountable for building a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup — year in and year out for years to come.”
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