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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are in last place in the Western Conference and the fans have shared in the organization’s frustrations this season.

Wayne Gretzky was in attendance for tonight’s game against the Islanders and the ex-Oiler talked about the fan frustrations and acknowledged that he isn’t surprised by the reactions in Edmonton.

“Not at all,” Gretzky said. “People want to win… From my point of view, as a friend, it hurts me too. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone who’s still involved in this organization. But we all understand as players and as athletes and as ex-players, what the fans are feeling. They want to win. This is a very proud city, it’s a storied franchise. Although it’s relatively young, it’s still a great franchise with a lot of history and people want to see it be successful.

“This was sort of their coming out year, after all the first picks, that this was the year that the sort of 7th or 8th spot… And after the start that they got off, it was like okay, where are we going here? But listen, Kevin (Lowe) and Craig (MacTavish), the people here.. They care and hurt as much as the fans hurt. They want to win and I think Craig is going to be a tremendous general manager, I really do.”

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