Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Katz woos Oilers fans with his sex words

Telling us what we want to hear, short of firing Craig Simpson and finding a way to get Ryan Smyth back. As part of the billionaire's $170 million offer (Forbes has the Oilers valued at $146 million), he's promising to build a new arena and spend to the cap.

Interesting. It's hard to get a read on the press-shy Katz, but it looks like this dude isn't going to go away, especially with a long line of small-time investors that may not be able to front the money needed to build a new arena complex in downtown Edmonton.

15 comments:

Chris! said...

He may be telling what we want to hear, but I sure like the sound of it. Katz isn't saying anything crazy here; he just wants to spend to the cap like he knows this franchise can afford to and he's down with a new arena — if that's what Edmontonians want.

Anonymous said...

But who's paying for it? Me? or him?

Stan the Caddy said...

I'm pretty sure that by saying "if that's what Edmontonians want," he's implying that he'd seek some sort of partial public funding. If he was going to pay for the whole thing, why would he care if that was what Edmontonians wanted? He'd just build the damn thing.

It sure would be nice if he got control of the team and would spend to the cap. I'm sure KLowe would claim that it would make his job easier. He could have signed Souray AND Aucoin. Oh, what a formidable blueline they would have.

Off topic, I've been hearing from a friend in Edmonton that there are rumours around town of a big name coming to the Oilers via trade. Anyone know who it might be? (I've heard the names Jagr and Havlat mentioned as possiblities)

mike w said...

Yeah, the web boards are abuzz.

Jagr? Wouldn't that be the weirdest thing in the world?

pdan - the p is silent. said...

Katz? GET-R-DUN. I can't stand Cal Nichols. Otherwise we're mired in mediocrity (that could be our new slogan) if left to the status quo of ownership.

Darien said...

This man... What a "Katz" for Oiler fans!

Black Dog said...

There's talk in the G&M of Simpson getting a job with HNIC.

O'Seven said...

The ability to go to the cap is vital for the franchise's viability; without it we're hobbled, especially in a northern market. The building isn't as much of a viability factor in the near term, but in a few years, if and when greater success is achieved, the citizenry would probably be more willing to pitch in than they are now, with EIG in the cockpit.

It certainly is a refreshing breath of life. I’d like to know more about the guy. Hopefully the media will give us more about him.

But of course, it all depends on what Godfather Gary thinks of him.

Pleasure Motors said...

There's talk in the G&M of Simpson getting a job with HNIC.

If only one rumour about the Oilers is true, let it be this one.

Anonymous said...

Katz is a smart dude.

Just what the Oilers need.

mike w said...

There's talk in the G&M of Simpson getting a job with HNIC.

It's so much easier to like ex-Oilers when that's what they remain and forever shall be.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that noticed that Kevin Lowe was completely absent from Katz's press release?

He says he's going to keep Cal around in some capacity, but no mention of a GM.

Zodiac said...

Hey, look what Tammy G did for B-lo... you guys are in for some good times...

Zodiac said...

I just noticed I wrote "Tammy" instead of "Tommy"... Freudian slip perhaps? You be the judge!

Anonymous said...

Were Daryl Katz and Rob Schneider separated at birth?