Cal Nichols held court today. The chairman of the board told us that the 33 owners voted down the latest Katz offer “resoundingly.” One suspects if the vote had truly been “resounding” we would have gotten the actual tally, or at the very least “almost unanimous” but let’s not quibble. The Oilers remain the EIG’s marvelous toy, much to the chagrin of an ever increasing (and vocal) group of Oiler fans.
That’s what I believe today was all about in the end. Cal Nichols and his gang felt that the locals were beginning to warm up to the druggist and his fancy sex words. There was music in the air, the possibility of something happening, and Cal ran in, turned on the lights and yelled “hand check!”
I have no idea if this is a ploy by the EIG to increase the price, or if Katz will wait for awhile and then make another attempt to buy the team. I can say that (like many Oiler fans) the thought of having a single owner rich enough to stomp the guts out of some of the other NHL owners and compete on a level playing field even if the economy goes sideways is an idea that appeals to me on all levels and I hope he tries again (maybe when the parents are at the lake).
A few other items from kindly Cal:
- “This is not about dollars. This is about Edmonton. An ownership group is best-suited for Edmonton and the Oilers.” Does Cal even believe this? This is about the guys who own the team keeping the team, and today’s press conference came about because they’re a little huffy about some guy trying to steal the limelight. Damn people who don’t know their place, they’re a real nuisance.
- “I hope that this, at least for the near term, puts an end to the offer thing because this has been a bit of a circus for four months.” Circus how? How is this a circus to you? Let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but it’s a circus how, it’s a circus like we’re here to amuse you?
By my count the Oilers are at about 95% of the 07-08 salary cap, and that issue came up today, along with the arena questions. I cannot at this time find direct quotes from Nichols so that will have to wait for another day.
Covered in Oil’s Chris has a terrific take up already.