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09-15-2012, 09:14 PM
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2 and 3 years from now respectively. Horcoff will be an UFA when Nail's ELC ends. In the meantime we'll have to be paying RNH and J. Schultz. Hemsky's deal comes up the same time as those 2 need extensions and Ryan Whitney is an UFA at years end. I forgot that Khabibulin's $3.75 million comes off the books after this season as well.
The Oilers could buy out Horcoff next summer and his cap hit would be...
Or they could buy him out after the 2013-14 season and the cap hit would be..
I think this is something that eventually happens.
As for Horcoff as a 3rd liner, he is definitely a good 3rd liner at this point in his career. He just needs to be used as one. He averaged more ice time than any Oiler forward last season. Almost 20 minutes a night. He ran out of gas. Get him playing 15ish minutes a night in a shut down role and maybe get another faceoff man so he doesn't have to take EVERY defensive zone draw and he'll be just fine. The contract is really one of the only reasons not to like Horcoff. It's not like he's actually a bad player. He just makes about double what he's worth.
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