Oilers owner issues apology to Edmonton fans, Jets captain Andrew Ladd claims players aren’t rattled by the lockout, and Senators defenseman Jared Cowen finds it weird being back in the AHL after his promising NHL debut last season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers owner Daryl Katz issued a public apology to Edmontonians regarding his handling of his dispute with Edmonton city council over a new arena (his ham-handed attempt at a subtle threat of relocating the club with a well-publicized visit to Seattle last week), prompting Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel to request team officials engage in a public discussion with city council regarding the arena deal by October 17.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Katz’s poor attempt at a bluff fooled no one, earning scorn from around the league and anger from Oilers fans. Now that he’s realized the error of his ways, here’s hoping he and Edmonton city council can finally reach an agreement for a new downtown arena.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd recently claimed the loss of the pre-season and the likely loss of regular season games to the lockout isn’t shaking the players’ resolve. Ladd maintained the hope for a fair deal, was encouraged over the negotiations this weekend in New York, while chiding the owners over how they’ve handled this situation so far.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen finds it “weird” to be back in the AHL after establishing himself as an NHL defenseman during his rookie debut last season with the Senators.