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Oilers owner calls situation "completely unacceptable"

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Edmonton Oilers owner Darryl Katz doesn't often speak publicly, but was adamant Thursday that changes would be made as the team slogs its way through one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

The Oilers beat the Kings, 3-2, in a shootout Thursday to snap a four-game losing streak, but they remain 30th in the League with 44 points, five points behind No. 29 Toronto, and 14 points behind the second-worst team in the Western Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Katz told Edmonton radio station 630 CHED that GM Steve Tambellini had the authority to do whatever is necessary to improve the team.

"Yes, there's absolutely no question," Katz said. "'Tamby' has the absolute green light to do whatever he needs to do to rebuild the hockey club. Notwithstanding the injuries, what we have to date is not working. That's clear. I expect, and we should all expect, to see some changes."

Trade rumors have surrounded the Oilers for a while now, but their biggest trading chip, defenseman Sheldon Souray, is on injured reserve with a broken hand.

"Clearly we'll be opportunistic if we have a chance to upgrade our talent but there's no question that draft and development are absolutely a focus under our ownership," said Katz.

Katz has owned the team since July 2008, and rarely speaks publicly, but his growing frustration with the team's play this season pushed him to speak out.

"I've been an Oilers fan for a lot longer than I've owned the team, and I'm not at all happy with how the team has performed," said Katz. "It's no fun for anybody. But most of all, though, this experience has been no fun for our fans. I know it, our management knows it and our players know it. Last place is somewhere I never thought we would be, and it's completely unacceptable."
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