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05-15-2013, 11:06 AM
The Big Unit
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Originally Posted by zeus3007 View Post
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.
How often do captains get demoted from first line center to 4th line center within 3 years? Do you think the guys in the room want to be led by a guy who keeps getting demoted? I don't care how much prime PK minutes he'd get because he'd still be a 4th liner and 4th liners are expendable; especially with a $5.5M cap hit. What you're suggesting is ridiculous.

If you're going to do that to Horcoff just buy him out. Earlier you suggested signing Cullen for veteran leadership. Great! We're missing veteran leadership. But where does that leave your veteran captain? You don't make a mockery of the C because that hurts the organization's culture. God knows we already have a bad rep when it comes to management respecting players here, and as much as I want him to be bought out, Horcoff has a good reputation among NHL players. That's a move that would come back to bite us.

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