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05-13-2013, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by The Big Unit View Post
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.
Baloney. It wouldn't be the first time a captain was a 4th liner, and it wouldn't be the last either. I think you're assuming that Horcoff would be whining, but there is no evidence to suggest it. He'd still be getting prime pk minutes as well, and probably some pp time, so its not like he would be only playing 5 minutes a game.

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