From David Staples of the Edmonton Journal:
Whatever anyone thinks of the merit of Oilers GM Kevin Lowe's bold moves these past few days -- as well as his ongoing pursuit of free agent Marian Hossa -- it's evident that Lowe has a bigger picture in mind as he proceeds, and that picture is of a new downtown arena in Edmonton, the best rink in the NHL, as new owner Daryl Katz envisions it.
Read more from Cult of Hockey here.
Staples brings up some very good points. The main one being: Would all of this Oilers activity be taking place if there was no desire to have a new arena? It is a good question and Staples makes a strong argument that that is indeed the case.