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01-07-2013, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by okgooil View Post
Well it will be a interesting year, Horc has to up his game big time if he wants to stay an Oilers. Maybe, just maybe he will.
This is a good point, the last time he had to earn his money he was exactly that, money in the bank. Then he got his big deal had shoulder surgery and things went downward.

Maybe the motivation to earn his contract will improve his play.

That being said he is still a serviceable 3rd line center with a 1st/2nd line centers salary.

As far as salary goes this season and next season it doesn't appear that Horcoffs bloated salary will negatively impact the Oilers. 2015 is the season where his contract will start to get in the way.

I could see the Oilers buying him out in the summer of 2014 ending his deal 1 year short.

If they did buy him out this summer they pretty much have to go through Free Agency to replace him, unless one of their prospects can step into a 4th line role. I wouldn't count on it though.

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