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Is Pat's future secure?

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

For months, rumours have suggested when Daryl Katz took over as owner of the Edmonton Oilers, the first thing he'd do was replace CEO Patrick Laforge.

For a man who is supposedly about to walk the plank, Laforge didn't have the look of an especially worried guy yesterday.

Katz certainly didn't guarantee that anybody on the business side of the operation was going to have the same sort of security he virtually delivered to GM Kevin Lowe and coach Craig MacTavish during his conference call interviews yesterday.

"Daryl is buying something that he hasn't even had a look at the books of yet. I'm sure he wants to look at the books, get to know these people and get to know more before he makes any decisions," said Laforge. "In many cases a buyer wants his own guy at the top of the pyramid. I have no idea.

"But he's a smart guy. I really like Daryl's approach. I'm impressed with what I heard today," added the Oilers executive who still has two years remaining on his contract at the end of this season.


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