Coming up Short in math calculation

JOHN SHORT, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Errors are easy. Explanations and apologies come much harder.

I sincerely regret the mathematical goof I created last week in discussing the promised contribution of $100 million by Daryl Katz to his dream of a hockey arena in downtown Edmonton, and I'm sincerely grateful to those -- a great many e-mailers -- who pointed it out.

I maintained correctly that $100 million is a massive amount, far beyond my ability to comprehend.

The error came when I said it was 5% of the Oilers owner's net worth of $20 billion.

I should have said it was 5% of a net worth of around $2 billion. Which is still far beyond my comprehension.

I'm sorry.

SOURAY STEPS UP

Congratulations to Sheldon Souray for stepping up to take his share of the blame for the Oilers' last-place standing in the NHL's Western Conference.

He was not the first, just the loudest. The veteran defenceman returned to Alberta with a reputation for leadership and a known capacity for telling things the way they are. He confirmed earlier this week that the reputation is legitimate.

His comments are a great deal more professional than the observations of several backside-covering veterans who said after last season that a change in coaches was all the team required.

The claims were wrong then and they're wrong now.

When the 2008-09 Oilers blew leads, lost games and looked inept, the players -- not the coaching staff --deserved the blame.

Now, with Pat Quinn and Tom Renney in charge of this group, the players still must carry the can for their own failures.

It has been admitted that large numbers of roster changes are impossible because of the salary-cap mess in which the Oilers find themselves.

The good news is that the so-called leaders who put all of last year's blame on Craig MacTavish, Charlie Huddy and Billy Moores are finally being exposed.

SAVVY MOVE BY KINGS

It's easy to see that long-time Edmonton sportsman Don Clark is the happiest fan in Western Canada.

He's the proud grandfather of 16-year-old Klarc Wilson, who came to the Oil Kings from the Brandon Wheat Kings in Edmonton's second trade last week.

Wilson was a standout at the bantam level two years ago during Minor Hockey Week.

Local enthusiasts insisted Kelly McCrimmon made a terrific choice to get him in the Western Hockey League's annual draft of youngsters, but there wasn't much playing time available in Wilson's first full junior season.

Oil Kings management deserves credit for the swap.

They realized quickly that this is another building year -- no real surprise despite last season's late step into the playoffs -- and wasted no time in grabbing a local kid with some flair and the clear ability to become a solid building block.

JCSHORT@SHAW.CA


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