In less than a decade, we’ve gone from “Shirts off for Horcoff” to “find a home for Horcoff” but at least we’ll have closure. And some NHL players. Right?
I have a theory about what’s happening here, and suspect Horcoff leaving is part of the Changing of The Guard we talked about a year ago now. Here’s what I think: the Oilers (pre or post MacT GM hiring) at some point discussed passing on the captaincy to the younger guard, and Horcoff–being a proud man and a leader–declined the opportunity (probably by asking for a trade).
In sport–as in business, and certainly in the military–the next step is clear and we await the act. Alea iacta est.
Lots of chatter about where Horcoff and Hemsky will end up, personally I think the main issue is that the Oilers need NHL players. Horcoff and Hemsky are two of them. Sending them out? Fine.
That adds to the list of players coming in.
Craig MacTavish is going to blow this thing up. I don’t think there’s any other way to frame these comments. Horcoff, Hemsky, Whitney, Khabibulin, Belanger, Eager, Petrell, Jones, Peckham, Fistric, others.
How many roster spots changing hands? I think we need to revise that number up.
(For the interview that inspired all the Horcoff-Hemsky chatter, check out Mark Spector’s interview in the Podcast section of Team 1260′s website.)