Monday, February 04, 2008

Horcoff's season ends

Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff is heading for surgery, and will be lost for the season.

He had been playing with a wonky shoulder for most of the season, and had not been practising since returning from the all-star game in Atlanta.
Players having great seasons on bad teams are often overlooked, and Horcoff was no different this season.

He was on pace for a 30-goal campaign and close to 80 points, both career highs, and was the best Edmonton player more nights than not. He also put up numbers that have him among the league leaders over at Behind The Net.

The Oilers, who haven't had much going for them with him in the lineup, are now looking at their options for selling at the trade deadline three weeks from now. A loss against Dallas on Friday means they would need to go 21-7 to close the season with 93 points and have any hope of a playoff berth.

The chances the Ducks will have a lottery pick just got better.

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At 2:35 p.m., February 04, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) That Penner deal looking even better now, huh Lowe?

At 2:52 p.m., February 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Burke can now laugh himself to sleep every night.

At 3:21 p.m., February 04, 2008, Blogger Richard Pollock said...

This probably isnt' the worst thing for the Oilers. If anything, it alleviates any chance Kevin Lowe wasn't going to sell come trade deadline time.

At 4:56 p.m., February 04, 2008, Blogger Iffy said...

This will handcuff Lowe in his quest to kill the franchise ... by say trading away Horcoff for another bag of magic beans. When Horcoff comes back next season, hopefully Katz has sent Lowe down the road!

And, yes, the Burke thing is very discerning.

At 3:38 a.m., February 05, 2008, Blogger Loxy said...

This is especially terrible because it gives Lowe another excuse (out of his hands) for a rotten season.

"Injury-plagued season"

Argh. :P


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