Found September 25, 2012 on Hockey Fan Land:
"EDMONTON, Alberta -- With plans for a new arena in doubt, the Edmonton Oilers say they are keeping their options open. Oilers owner Daryl Katz, team president Patrick LaForge and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe were in Seattle on Monday for meetings about a possible relocation to the city. The Oilers said in a statement that they still hope to reach a deal with Edmonton on a new arena. But with talks at an impasse and the team's lease at aging Rexall Place set to expire in 2014, the Oilers have started to look elsewhere. "As the City of Edmonton is aware, the Katz Group has been listening to proposals from a number of potential NHL markets for some time," the statement read. "After more than four years of trying to secure an arena deal and with less than 24 months remaining on the Oilers' lease at Rexall Place, this is only prudent and should come as no surprise."The visit by Oilers brass came the same day that the Seattle City Council app...

Oilers' Yakupov suspended from competing in KHL

Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, has been suspended from playing in the KHL, pending an IIHF investigation into his transfer. The league said Wednesday said the 18-year-old, who has played two games for his hometown Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk since joining the team last Thursday, can't play again until he receives approval from the International Ice Hockey...

Oilers ownership group in Seattle

With plans for a new arena in doubt, the Edmonton Oilers say they are considering other potential new homes for the team. Oilers owner Daryl Katz, team president Patrick LaForge and Kevin Lowe, president of hockey operations, are in Seattle for meetings about a possible relocation to the city. The Oilers said in a statement that while they hope to reach a deal with Edmonton on...

Would The Oilers Actually Move To Seattle?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey, Two big developments on the downtown arena file today, with Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and team president Patrick LaForge reportedly down in Seattle, where city council has just approved a new $480 million arena building, as well as Edmonton’s Mayor Stephen Mandel setting an Oct. 17 drop dead date for the arena deal here. ...

Will Daryl Katz Hold Edmonton Hostage?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,  Daryl Katz has owned the Edmonton Oilers for just four years but he is a quick study when it comes to the NHL owners' manual. Especially with the section on how to extort taxpayers for a free or almost free arena so you can maximize the profits of your hockey team. So there was Katz on Monday, with several Oiler suits...

Yakupov Can’t Play With KHL Team

MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – The KHL has imposed a temporary ban on NHL No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov, preventing him from playing for lockout team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk until an investigation into the forward is resolved, the league said Wednesday. The KHL statement said the 18-year-old starlet, who has already made two appearances for Neftekhimik after his lockout...

Seattle Approves Arena Deal, Daryl Katz Is Kicking Tires...

((HT: KING-TV Seattle)) It appears that Seattle is one step closer to getting a new arena in the thought that it could attract one, if not two, professional sports franchises... NHL and/or NBA... The City Council voted 6-2 to pass the South Downtown plan. Hedge fund billionaire Chris Hansen's plan to build a $490-million calls for $200 million in public funds. But construction...
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