I don't why Horcoff wouldn't ask for anything less than 6-6.5, and if Lowe hasn't learned something from the Smyth disaster, I could see it getting ugly. . . Horcoff is a guy who's worked his butt off both on and off the ice to get where he is, and has done everything asked of him by the coaching staff. . .I don't see him settling for less than what he's worth...
Wow, are there ever a lot of people on this thread living in a dream world.
Last time I checked, the number of players cashing in big-time on their UFA status was far greater than the number of players signing a "home-town" discount, or signing for less becasue they want to win, etc.
Everyone seems to think that Horcoff is in a great position here, and that is correct. He is in a great position for boosting his counting numbers so he can cash in on his next contract. He is the player rep for the PA for crying out loud, does anyone really think he isn't going to squeeze every penny he can out of this franchise?
I'm not being pessimistic, this thread just needed a dose of reality.
Just because he is the player rep doesn't mean he's going to try to grab every penny he can. The point of a union is for it to get as much leverage as it can for the group it represents, generally in terms of salaries, pensions, benefits, etc. However, it doesn't say anywhere in the framework that each player SHOULD take the highest paying contract offered or whatever. If Horcoff likes the city enough, and there's enough intangibles here that he enjoys, he very well might take a pay cut to stay an Oiler.
Horcoffs agent stiff arms Lowe, balking at his offer of $16 million over 3 years. Horcoff signs in Columbus at $7mill per year over 4 years to fill their need for a number once center.
Hemsky-less, he puts up season averages of 82-20-41 and +4.
Yes, Horcoff's production would severely drop playing with Nash instead of Hemmer. I understand why people love Hemmer, but I believe his ability to pad another players stats is overstated.
If the cap is around 55M when Horcoff hits UFA, an above average #1C hitting his prime will be worth at least 5.5M/yr. The Oilers can let him walk, but based on recent history it will be hard to find a better replacement through free agency.