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01-01-2013, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by misfit View Post
Hartikainen doesn't play center and Klefbom's cap hit would be more than $250K. You also don't seem to be accounting for this mystery 2nd pairing defenseman you're including. I don't think we're in any cap trouble (even with Horcoff), but you should probably put a little more thought in your plan IMO.
You got me (somewhat).

Ok, we save 2.75M for with Klefbom over Whitney.

My post was actually suggesting that the Oilers TRY Hartikainen at C.

He has played the position before (and they should have tried him there in the AHL given out long term need for a solid no.3 C).

I digress, the point of my post is basically that a Horcoff buy out makes sense. Save the cap space and take a major run in 2014-2015, with RNH and J. Schultz still on entry level and again in 2015-2016 with Yakupov still on his entry level deal.

If they can save 3ish million in cap space (assuming 5.5M comes off and 2.5M is added in the form of a 3rd liner) in each of those seasons with a Horcoff buy-out, it makes a lot of sense.

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