October 18 2012 01:28PM
One of the Katz Groups’ battle cries throughout the process of negotiating a new arena deal, and particularly of late, has been ‘we want the same kind of deal that Winnipeg got.’ In Winnipeg, the ownership of the Jets receives an annual subsidy estimated at $5.5 million from gambling revenue, in addition to the help they got in building their arena.
The problem is that the Winnipeg deal saw three parties at the table, rather than just two.
October 18 2012 11:13AM
With the NHL in full lockout mode a lot of the hockey world’s focus has shifted to the AHL. Edmonton Oiler fans are very interested in the Oklahoma City Barons. With Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins and Paarjarvi playing there already and Hall practicing with the team it makes a lot of sense. Throw in first year pro Justin Schultz and all the other prospects on the team and we are talking about many of the young blue chip studs the Oilers have in their system. I am sure Oilers management is hoping the current Barons lineup will be all over the Oilers roster in the years to come.
October 17 2012 06:57PM
Yesterday Daryl Katz informed Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel that he wouldn't accept the mayor's invitation to come talk to city council. Today city council voted unanimously to cease negotiations with the Katz group and empowered city administration to look at other options.
This doesn't mean the deal is dead. The city is still very much open to negotiating with the Katz Group, but they will cease spending any more money on the design at this point.
Call it part of the negotiations, but for Edmontonians it was just another bad day in a four year negotiation.
October 17 2012 06:18PM
Hey look! Actual hockey!
Here's today's KHL highlights, featuring Mikail Grabovski, Evgeni Malkin, Zdeno Chara, and more.
October 17 2012 01:56PM
Editor's note: Oilers Nation's Andrey Osadchenko recently caught up with Nail Yakupov. After the jump, Yakupov talks about his trouble transferring to Russia, challenges fans to come play in the KHL, talks about playing hockey again, and explains that "big ol' dive" he took the other day.