Originally Posted by chuckcouples
Why would you want to buyout Shawn Horcoff? He is the only Oilers center that knows which end of the ice his goaltender plays in. He is also owed less than $10,000,000 over the next 3 seasons combined. The Oilers also have over $12,000,000 in cap hits coming off the books for next season assuming Sutton, Peckham, Khabubin and the oft-injured Ryan Whitney are not re-signed. That leaves them with $10,500,000 in cap room with a $60M cap to sign 3 forwards (Gagner, Hartikainen, and a 13th forward) and 2 dmen (assuming none of Klefbom, Musil, Teubert, Fedun, Marincin, Plante are ready for the NHL) and a back up goaltender.
If the Salary cap drops to $60 Million, the Oilers should be looking to buyout Eric Belanger as the salary for 4th line forwards is definitely not going to be $1.75 million/season.
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Because he's a 5.5M cap hit until 2014/15. He's a third line C and while you say he's knows what end his goalie plays in, he's still a -22 player. While he may know where his goalie is, he isnt helping him enough. He cashed in one his one good season, limited offensive ability and his defense has progressively gotten worse.
Belanger's contract at 1.75M is only until 2013/14. I would much rather ride that contract out then Horcoff's.
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