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Report: Oilers will not buy out Horcoff

Jun 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers will not use one of their two compliance buyouts on team captain Shawn Horcoff, despite an expensive contract and dropping point production.

According to Mark Spector, the Oilers aren’t going to buy Horcoff out, however the senior columnist for Sportsnet.ca stated on Twitter, “Do not take that to mean a compliance by out will not be used in EDM however. Quite possible.”

Horcoff, 34, still has two years remaining on a contract that pays him a combined $7 million over the next two seasons, and is a cap hit of $5.5 million.

His current six-year deal, worth $33 million, kicked in back in the 2009-10 season.

In the 2008-09 season, Horcoff scored 17 goals and had 53 points. For him, that capped off four straight seasons with at least 50 points.

But his offensive production has since been on the downward trend.

Last season, in 31 regular season games with the Oilers, Horcoff had seven goals and only 12 points during the lockout-shortened campaign.

Horcoff was drafted by the Oilers in 1998, and he began his playing career in Edmonton during the 2000-01 season.

  1. ray2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    He’s been consistently one of the strongest two-way centers the Oilers have had in the past ten years. The problem statistically for Horcoff is that the Oilers have two young offensive centers (Nugent-Hopkins & Gagner) who they have protected in the lineup by giving them the vast majority of offensive zone starts.

    Horcoff took all of the tough faceoffs in the Oiler zone and on the PK, and the Oilers coaching staff has given all of the PP time to Gagner and Nuge. He also did not play with offensively gifted linemates (like this past season he played a lot with the ghost of Ryan Smith). No wonder his stats took a bit of a dive the past two seasons.

    His salary is also lower than his cap hit, so those financially insecure teams might want a player like that for the last two seasons.

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