Cal Nichols stepping down

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As we learned from the OilersNation on Twitter, Cal Nichols has stepped down from his post with the Oilers.

“Nichols stepped aside while he leads a business group’s fight to save the City Centre Airport.  Nichols, a key player in the original investors’ group that kept the Oilers in Edmonton before the sale to Daryl Katz, says he doesn’t want to drag the team into the politics of the airport fight.”

Nichols, pictured above with Paul Coffey and a dapper Sam Gagner in a suit is one of the good guys here in Edmonton and a major reason why we have the luxury of being frustrated with the Oilers on a Friday Morning.

The article continues on to say that Nichols “recently took on a new role as the head of the Alberta Enterprise Group, a pro-airport advocacy alliance of business leaders. Oilers president Patrick LaForge says the team respects Nichols’ decision and supports his view that a clean break is needed, quote, “particularly as plans move forward for the development of a new entertainment and sports district in downtown Edmonton.”  Nichols says his future with the Oilers’ organization will be at the sole discretion of the Katz Group upon the completion of the City Centre Airport hearings in June.”

Is there a story here? Is this related to anything other than Nichols’ unparalleled desire to help the City of Edmonton? A better writer would know answers. Instead we ask you. We should probably all discuss this before Deep Oil gets wind of the story and comes on here and explains to us how Cal Nichols is actually a director of the CIA planted at the discretion of the industrial military complex, or something equally mind blowing.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Jack "FMNF" Bauer thinks this is just a front so Cal can spend more time exploring Edmonton's night scene and trying to pick up girls. Jack "FMNF" Bauer insists that Darryl Katz needs to come out and make a public appearance to appease me and set forth the rumors I have started about his fiancial status. Jack "FMNF" Bauer also thinks there is more to the story than this.

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    Skidplate wrote:

    I think Gagne plays Sergei Pukizin for the MacD commercial.

    It's Gagner. Sam freaking G.A.G.N.E.R.

    And yeah, he looked pretty small when Reasoner pasted him up against the boards last night.Come to think of it, he got pretty fired up with that bloody lip. Maybe he should get Zack to punch him in the face during the next pre-game skate. Might work.

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    Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

    It was Jason Smith that pasted him against the boards.

    David thanks Jack "FMNF" Bauer for the correction. He wonders if his error is somehow connected to Katz being financed by Mckesson. All is not as it seems at the ranch.

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    Ryan wrote:

    Nichols isn’t the only one with business interests tied to the CC airport. Katz’ own plane flies in and out of there as do many of the other business leaders in town. So there is not any conflict between Nichols interest in the CC and the Katz groups interests. As well, many of the private charters that use the CC, including Katz’, have fairly long (as in 10+ year) lease agreements with the city. It will be very expensive for the city to buy themselves out of those.

    FYI – Katz may not have his own plane – he has in the past had a share with another business leader in the city from PCL…. when the season opened – Bombardier flew him to Spain? on a new unit (test flight) for a rented yacht retreat….while Cal and real rexall player Barry Katz waved to the sheep…. I mean Rexall faithful for the opener…. our silent reclusive Rexall Sports (Dark Knight initials DK) owner now is commuting from Palm Springs with a condo interest in Vancouver.

    Northlands must be supporting this AEG with secret lottery money payments to this lobby group. As the INDY is a related interest on this property – lose this to affordable housing (another griesbach) and they will have to negotiate with Castrol Raceway and require permanent infastructure money from Uncle Ed …….the race will never make money, suck money from Mandel and friends while Northlands faces the wrath of city councilors freaking out after the fact in terms of the cash $5mm each year is lost to related economic benefit.

    Sales job of the week, community leaders and the rumor mill have touted that RX2 went down $100mm due to the economy being in the tank…. has anyone seen the $100mm
    that the DARK KNIGHT has promised – or is that just a surcharge added to the Oiler Season Tickets next year and so on….. pay to play, I mean watch.

    Benefits of a CBC broadcast – no gene tonight – joke free. Drawbacks of a CBC Broadcast – government news
    that no one watches, and eastern bias, noting that the amount of people watching the leafs tonight outweigh oilervision (oops sorry that is a trademarked term)- things could be worse – we could have Mark Lee.

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    David S wrote:

    Jack “FMNF” Bauer wrote:
    It was Jason Smith that pasted him against the boards.
    David thanks Jack “FMNF” Bauer for the correction. He wonders if his error is somehow connected to Katz being financed by Mckesson. All is not as it seems at the ranch.

    Present cash flow from oiler season ticket holders and corp sponsorship can sustain this business entity, McKesson was a capital infusion to acquire the viability and security of the loan from CIT group for Rexall Sports to make an offer to EIG, prior to the financial 911 from the terrorist stock brokers this last September. Deep Oil knows the same people that ran Oil to $150 – also sold it short and brought it to it's knees – same people (Katz friends) will run it up again. 80% of all oil trades are paper, never take posession of the crude.

    Deep Oil suggests that if the season ticket holders (sheep) start dropping like flies, then HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM – sorry RX2 is a pipedream.

    Deep Oil hopes the oil lose tonight and fall below the Toronto Maple Leafs who are publicly in a rebuilding mode. Isn't it ironic that the MORON in Toronto is on equal footing with the DOHO in Edmonton – except that the young jedi knight (DOHO – KL) blew his budget on Horc and Penner – plus lost 3 picks in the process – moron moron in the mirror…..

    NATION – DEEP OIL thinks this team in totally screwed cap wise for the following reasons……. this is a three year healing process, but the patient may not survive – even with a Rexall reminder.

    1) Horcoff – overpayment
    2) Penner – emotional signing – oiler fans were blinded
    3) Increase in salary via the kids in 2010 – 2011
    4) Perfect storm – see 1,2,3

    ALL THREE COLLIDE IN 2010 – as per NHLNUMBERS.com
    Looks like you can take today's dollars (Coles) $4mm and just give it to Cogs and Gagner – bumping their numbers to $3mm each – but then again, it looked like Cole didn't want to be here and started playing better just before the trade deadline….

    Note – as per Rogers Sportsnet MacLean, the new CBA is devastating to GM's as the "second" contract that the kids are signing these days are inflated and sometimes fall into the 25 year old UFA category. Deep Oil is feeling sorry for OILER CAPOLOGIST (eddies brother) as the telfon don DOHO has a pickle to solve that was created SOLEY from within DOHO – hiring TAMBO is not going to fool everyone.

    Oilers are in trouble due to 5PM MST start, without stating the obvious, but DEEP OIL has to… really.. they just won't be ready – their time clocks are set here in ETOWN and you can blame the conspiracy of CBC Eastern Start for the loss of the two points tonight.

    Rexall Reminder to forward your clocks tonight – so none of us miss church, we all have to pray for the
    biblical sacrifice of LOWE, he could now be promoted to Chair, Tambo to DOHO and Bob Stauffer to GM.

    The fire MACT saga is just getting old – how about
    letting him go quietly in that good night, miss the playoffs this will come to a mutual departure, he will get picked up by another team looking for the xoxo's.

    Have a great Saturday with your wireless routers and laptops….. Deep Oil is not watching the game, major social event in Beverly tonight – heading north for an annual party – keeping it real with the common people.

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    I guess the one advantage of long blathering diatribes is that nobody is going to take the time to dissect the numerous misinformed and vindictive points you've made. But I'll mention two.

    (1) You obviously don't have a grasp of the Indy situation past what you read at TSN's website or in the Journal.

    (2) The "CBC conspiracy" is nothing more than 7:00 local eastern time – the same local time we start our home games (which has people in Toronto watching the third period at 11:00).

    As far as the Katz hate you have going on, I can only imagine you were fired from your part-time front counter job at a Rexall pharmacy. Good news for you – the minimum wage in Alberta is going up. Odds are there's a subway sandwich artist job out there with your name on it.

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    David S wrote:

    I guess the one advantage of long blathering diatribes is that nobody is going to take the time to dissect the numerous misinformed and vindictive points you’ve made. But I’ll mention two.
    (1) You obviously don’t have a grasp of the Indy situation past what you read at TSN’s website or in the Journal.
    (2) The “CBC conspiracy” is nothing more than 7:00 local eastern time – the same local time we start our home games (which has people in Toronto watching the third period at 11:00).
    As far as the Katz hate you have going on, I can only imagine you were fired from your part-time front counter job at a Rexall pharmacy. Good news for you – the minimum wage in Alberta is going up. Odds are there’s a subway sandwich artist job out there with your name on it.

    1) Indy loses money – Northlands fills its boots with
    a blank cheque from the city with accounting ethics
    very similar to the Winnipeg Jets getting an
    unlimited amount of money from the city of Winnipeg.

    2) Why do the Maple Leafs play the Oilers on a Saturday
    at the ACC – sounds to me like MLSE, CBC, and the
    schedule maker have a preferred agenda. To play
    in the Eastern Time zone is not the problem – not
    being ready for the dinner bell at 5PM EST is the
    problem. Is is true that Nilsson is benched in
    the EST because he left his alarm clock at home.

    Last time I checked, the Leafs were a disaster, in a rebuild mode, fired their coach and GM (last 12 months)
    and are taking on draft picks – if the oil were to fire DOHO, let MACT walk and tube some brainless contracts, we would become what I have been saying for the past 6 months. The SHEEP keep believing it – but it really is billygoat gospel…… baaaaaaadd.

    And BTW – subway has some great deals on, when I was in the states $5 gets you a foot long….. enjoy your blizzard tonight – not Dairy Queen either.

    No Katz hate here – just amused at his LBO antics and wizard of oz act combined with the dark knight (DK)…. this team does not have an owner, it has a silent majority shareholder – forgive me Allan Watt for the truth has been spoken. MLSE looks like a business in comparison to this buy and hold entity via Rexall cash flow that does not belong to the DARK KNIGHT.

    I will not go to my room and sob – I know they are getting closer, can you hear them.

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    2+2=5 in this case.

    Wild accusations with no sources quoted besides Google searched links are just that. Sad thing is that I think you actually believe what you write.

    Suffice it to say that if you did know the real deal with Indy, you'd be looking at some goof writing what you write and laughing your guts out.

    You're dangerous. You write wild accusations and slander, knowing full well the only way to prove you wrong is for the people who know the truth to out themselves, damaging any number of personal and business relationships in the process.

    Nice one. You're the king.

    Putz.