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INTERFERENCE!

Published on March 17th 2014

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As I merrily marched (that's a lie, I've never marched, not one time) through my day I was struck by something in Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts. That happens weekly and should not alarm you. Friedman has good intel, and today is no different.

23. About any potential Nail Yakupov trade: What does Oilers owner Daryl Katz think? It's believed he was the driving force behind the decision to draft Yakupov ahead of Ryan Murray. When things looked bleak earlier this season, there were rumours Katz wasn't thrilled about trading him.

The article is here.

In a winning organization, everyone plays a role. Some do the actual labor, and someone else packages the product and another sets the price. A different arm of the company makes sure the product reaches the market, and another group of people make sure payment arrives in a timely fashion.

In a losing organization, there are fires everywhere. The owner had a great idea, or maybe it was his barista, but either way all the skates need to be painted white by 5:30. Sound crazy? Well, it happened, many years ago.

You know what's even more ridiculous than white skates on an NHL team? An owner telling the hockey men what to do. Now, you may say "sure, Lowetide, like you'd be any different" and you know that's a fair criticism.

It's one thing to own the team, quite another to cheer for one whose owner cannot get out of his own way.

Many years ago, the Oilers had an owner who would threaten the fan base every once in awhile. He'd huff and puff and talk about Houston, and the town would tremble and think about a world without our beloved team.

Sometimes, we'd meet in public places and speak openly about a day when the owner was one of us, a rich man wealthy enough to make our team a "have" instead of a "have-not" franchise.

One day, that dream came true. Be careful what you wish for.

My city has seen some of the greatest hockey players in history skate for the home side. Quick hands, skaters fast as lightning.

The problems in my town start in the owner's box. So, which one of us is going to tell him?

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