He's definitely not worth an upgrade of his last contract now, but if he took a sweetheart deal I wouldn't think twice about bringing him back - especially with Hartikainen leaving.
Certainly would like him on the squad, although I have not read into his situation which is why I didn't include him in my roster. If he plays for us this year then he would be great on our 3rd line, I always enjoyed watching him.
If we are shipping out Horcoff, it's rumoured that Detroit is looking to dump salary through means of trade + buyouts. I still think Tootoo would be a big upgrade on Brown, so ridding ourselves of Horcoff and upgrading our 4th line seems in theory a great idea.
If the Oilers were able to make those rumored deals, would they still consider bringing in a potential buyout candidate that they've coveted over the years?
Horcoff for Tootoo (give or take)
Hemsky for Z Smith + pick/prospect
Acquire Ryan Malone
You realize that Zach is a 30 point scorer right? That more than respectable 3rd line numbers. He is a capable and damn good third liner.
No he isn't. His career high is 26. But to be fair his wingers that year consisted of Condra, Neil, Daugavins, etc.
He was used in a 3rd line role and still put up 25 points on a high-scoring Ottawa team powered by Erik Karlsson's Norris-winning season.
You're right though - it's better to give him the benefit of the doubt with more-talented wingers. You've got to be able to turn guys into role players rather than acquire them expensively when they're already in that role.
Hello oilers fans, i hope you guys do not mind me posting here. But wasn't the hemsky-smith trade already shot down? I thought it has already been confirmed that the trade was actually just a rumor and that there have been no talks between the oilers and the sens for months.