Possible role players for next season
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05-13-2013, 02:20 PM
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Money. The biggest incentive there is, ha ha. He`s already won in his career, and if the Oil sell it right (need a guy like Cullen to move to the next level, blah blah blah), it could happen, although I agree that its more likely that he goes to a contender.
That said, it makes perfect sense for the Oilers.
I don`t see why we can`t play Horcoff at 4th line center and have Cullen at 3rd line center
. Cullen is better than Horcoff, and should be played 3rd line, 1st pk unit. Horcoff showed this year that he is still NHL caliber, but putting him out there on the 4th line, occasional shut down duty on a line with Cullen, and pk time is the best way to use him now. Bringing Cullen in would actually give us 4 quality NHL centers, something we`ve needed for years, as well as some added depth that we also desperately need, and a veteran who knows how to win. He may not want to come here, but he`s the perfect target.
Mostly because Horcoff is the captain of the Oilers and that's bad for optics and he won't accept that role. You're going to buy him out before you banish him to the 4th line. He's already accepted a demotion to the 3rd line, to demote him further is going to be insulting to him and you don't need more bitter players in the room. If you're signing a 2nd/3rd line C without getting rid of Gagner, then Horcoff needs to be bought out.
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