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Prior to Wednesday's game in Anaheim, Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers, was interviewed by Oilers' colour commentator Bob Stauffer. Below are some excerpts of the interview, aired Thursday on 630 CHED:

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To me, it's absolutely crucial. My understanding from (president) Kevin (Lowe) and (GM) Steve (Tambellini) is that we've had very successful drafts over the past few years. Clearly we'll be opportunistic if we have a chance to upgrade our talent, but there's no question the draft and development are absolutely our focus. The fact is that rebuilding takes time. It's only possible to rebuild if you have a loyal fan base who are prepared to stick with that strategy. Many teams in the league don't have the opportunity to rebuild. It's only because of our fan base that we have the opportunity to take this step and that's exactly what we're going to do.

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Yes, there's absolutely no question Tamby has the complete green light to do whatever he thinks is necessary to rebuild the hockey club. Notwithstanding all the injuries, what we have today is not working, that's clear. I expect and we should all expect to see some changes.

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Learning starts with understanding last place is unacceptable to all of us. We need to be better at all levels of the organization and I'm confident we will. At drafting and player development in a salary cap era, it has to be a huge part of any team's strategy and that's absolutely what we're focused on.


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