I would leap at the chance to trade Horcoff for Coliaicovo and Steen. Horcoff isn't worth $3.6M while I think those two Leaf kids have a lot of upside. Factor in salary swing and we have a better shot at retaining Smyth and maybe take a shot at Brad Stuart. I doubt it would ever happen, but I would take it in a heart beat.
I'm surprised at the response of most around here. I think I'd do that trade for sure. Steen is one of the better young forwards in the league and I think that might just give us the best young forward core in the entire league. Horcoff is overpaid by about a million I'd say and I'd rather the young blood of Steen. I don't have high hopes of Colaiacovo due to all his injuries and such but you never know what he could turn into
While disappointed so far with Horc's season, I don't think he's that overpaid and I think he's valuable to the team.
And I'd do that. I'd move him straight up for Steen. Wouldn't think twice, wouldn't hesitate for a second.
And that's why Toronto wouldn't. The only way JFJ moves Steen - who has, well, Steen upside - to the Oilers for Horcoff is if it procures a job for him with the Oilers after TML cans his ass almost immediately afterwards.
Would a horcoff for coliocavo and steen work for us? The savings allows us to sign Smyth. Steen is a legit nhl palyer and could easily be a competent 2nd / 3rd liner with the right linemates. Stoll would be our 1st line centre but he is pretty much our best right now anyways.