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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Shawn Horcoff

Dec 28, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

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The Wednesday Wake-Up Call is where we pick a struggling player and kindly ask him to SNAP OUT OF IT ALREADY. COME ON. YOU’RE BETTER THAN THIS!

Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton Oilers

Key stats: Pointless in last eight games, goalless in last 13.

Cap hit: $5.5 million annually

It’s almost an annual rite of passage to bring up the albatrossian six-year, $33 million extension Edmonton gave Horcoff back in 2008. Not that Horcoff’s a bad player — the year he signed it, he scored 50 points in 53 games — it’s just that, every year, there’s a stretch of play that reminds you this is costing the Oilers five-and-a-half million bucks.

Horcoff’s currently in the midst of one of those stretches. After a strong start (16 points in his first 22 games) the Edmonton captain has fallen off. He’s gone scoreless in eight despite logging big minutes — a distressing development as Edmonton’s season looks to be going off the rails.

The Oilers have just three wins in their last 13 games and fallen to 13th in the West. Such a swoon was expected of a young, inexperienced team…so isn’t this when the (highly paid) veteran captain is supposed to step up?

Yes, says Horcoff.

“It’s just a matter of trying to get out of this,” he told the Emonton Journal. “You just have to stick with it. As veteran players, we are looked upon to lead these guys out of situations like this.”

It seems the captain is aware of what needs to be done.

So wake up, Shawn Horcoff. Your team needs you.

  1. rainyday56 - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Aw Shawn, did you go tell the young lads that Gretzky, Messier and Kurri played for the team? Aw now they’re all going to choke up their sticks under the weight of expectation, like every other hot shot that has come and gone there the last 20 or so years. As a Canucks fan, I’m luvin’ it!

    • thatsdoinit - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      Funny how fans of a team with zero cups and zero players in the hall of fame can be so cocky. Yes the oilers are slumping, again. Yes it’s been since 2006 since they made the playoffs. But mark my words, they’ll win their sixth cup before the Canucks win their first. They oilers have a history worth looking back on. What do the Canucks have to look back on? The 94 riots?

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