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05-23-2013, 08:37 PM
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MacT Conference Call For Tier 1 Fans [Transcribed by @colinpriestner]

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is doing a conference call with season ticket holders tonight. Oilers will make audio public later in evening. The call starts at 7pm and my friend @colinpriestner has dutifully promised to tweet everything newsworthy, so give him a follow.

For those interested I will live-tweet anything quotable from the MacTavish conference call at 7:00pm tonight.

We're underway! Mactavish calls season ticket holders "shareholders" and says he will give a few updates on priorities. #mactpresser

MacT says size up front is a big priority as well as depth on 3rd and 4th lines. Says many nights they couldn't could on much contribution.

Mactavish wants size but not at expense of puck moving. Says they're looking for Detroit or Chicago model not "chip and chase style".

Mac says he has "high hopes" for Klefbom next season. Watched him in Sweden and says he was extremely impressed in all facets. He's big fan

Says UFA market is to be approached "cautiously". Says players are often in decline at UFA stage. Says Gagner is highest priority re-sign.

MacT says Sam Gagner could be youngest player in history to be UFA but his goal is for that not to happen. Wants to sign him long term.

Likes his 1-2 centreman but says he wants to land a big centre this summer if he can. Says he can't comment on Iginla but wants that type.

He says from July 1 to July 5 there is a recruitment window for pending UFA's. Also says his priority is A centre with 7 overall pick.

Lists McKinnon, Barkov and Monahan as the 3 centres he wants. He's had many talks about moving up OR down with fellow GMs.

"Very doubtful" he would move any of his "six core guys". Which includes Hall, Yak, Eberle, RNH. Didn't name the two others.

Craig would not say that Schultz and Gagner are players 5 and 6 when asked by Michaels. Perhaps Klefbom over Gagner? Interesting,

Hard work, good humour and cooperation are the 3 things he insists on having in the culture of the team.

81% of the ticket holders polled said the first priority should be acquiring a defensemen and not a forward.

Mac is not interested in adding a tough guy who can't play at a fairly high level. Says he's very aware they need to get tougher.

Caller says what is plan for goaltending. Very active in looking for "a couple goalies". He says verdict is out on Devan Dubnyk.

Calls Dubnyk's play was "adequate" but didn't disagree with caller who said he has been disappointing as a number 1. Says Denis isn't likely

Asked where he realistically predicts the Oilers will finish in 13-14 season, Mac says "competing very aggressively to make playoffs".

He says to "guarantee" a play off spot he admits some things need to fall into place. Needs internal growth and big external off-season.

Says shots on goal total was unacceptable, and team didn't have enough "push" and blames that on depth. And needs D to make better plays

Horcoff's future is with club: Mac "that will be determined over the summer". Being here too long "has had negative effect on his spirit".

I'll expand on Horcoff. MacTavish said him "being here too long may have had negative effect on his spirit" and "will determine over summer"

That's all folks. Appreciate the feedback and follows, new friends!

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