Katz creates buzz

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Craig MacTavish was asked yesterday to weigh in with his opinion on the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers getting new ownership.

"I'm a coach, I don't know much about that stuff - a lot of people will say I don't know much about anything," he joked. "I certainly have a good relationship with the previous owners. I know the (potentially) new owner; he's a real good person with the right intentions. If it works out, it works out, but I don't know much about it, other than it came as a surprise for me.

"Normally, that's when things happen - when it's all pretty quiet."

On Thursday, Rexall owner Daryl Katz made a new offer to buy the team, an offer which has the support of Cal Nichols, chairman of the Edmonton Investors Group.

"He (Katz) is a hardcore Oilers fan. So are his children," MacTavish said. "It's great to have a local owner step up and want to be a part of what's been a great tradition so far."

The offer, which was substantially larger than the one made this summer, came with a $100-million commitment for a new downtown arena.

"I think the players are excited about it all," said Oilers winger Geoff Sanderson.

"The guys kind of got word last night at the game in Detroit and I think there was a pretty positive atmosphere when the guys found out. They were pretty excited."


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