Horcoff may get 7 million this year, but his contract is only a 5 million cap hit.Well I'm going to continue to pretend the Oilers don't exist and for another year of the playoffs. Once the playoffs are done, time to get to work.
First and foremost they need to decide on their goalie situation. Do we resign Rolie and make him the #1 again? Jeff Deslauriers is signed, no chance of sending him down to the minors. We could let Roloson go and give Jeff the reigns as our #1 goalie, we would just need to sign a backup, Roloson wants to be a #1.
Other big problems include what to do with the following overpaid players.
Horcoff - Not a #1 center in my opinion, and is slated to get 7 mil next season. That's probably too big of a contract to trade, so I think we're stuck with him. Even so, I would try to package him with picks, prospects or both and get whatever I can to get his 7mil off the books. I'd love to have him as the 2nd or 3rd line center, but not at the cost of 7mil.
Penner - Should not be playing on the 4th line. Since coming to Edmonton Penner has forgot how to hit and use his size, and seems to play with no heart. I think MacT was the problem here. Demoting him to the 3rd and 4th lines, calling him out in the media, benching him. I expect bigger things from Dustin next year.
Visnovsky - Its a little strange for us to be having 2 huge contract offensive defensemen as our 1-2. With the lack of solid D men in the league, I think we could still get something of decent value for him. I'd love to see someone like Webber paired up with Souray, of course Webber will never be traded.
Other than that, we have loads of young talent. I'd like to see the team take a youth movement approach and let the young guys take over the team. Having the first line always being ??-Horc-Hemmer has not worked. Leave Hemsky and let the kids try the first line
Other than that, we obviously have to sign a head coach. I'd love to get Quinn but I don't see it happening.
Doesn't sound like we're resigning him. Doesn't bother me. I wish we could get something for him, but he just sounds like a jackass. Loaded with talent, but it just sounds like he carries an arrogance about him even when being called up for one or two games. He long shifts every single time he takes a shift to show how "awesome" he is, which rubs a lot of guys the wrong way.So does Rob Schremp get a fair shot at making the team now that MacT has been shown the door.?
Just saw that on Oilfan. Not bad, I can live with a 5mil cap hit on Horc. Still don't want him as the #1 center though. At the very least we need a star type player to play on the first line with Horc and Hemmer. Doubt we'll get one though, not as though star snipers grow on trees.Horcoff may get 7 million this year, but his contract is only a 5 million cap hit.
I wouldn't want the Sedins, they may be reguler season stars when there no in a cold streak but in the playoffs they all but disappear and I wouldn't wanna put more then 6 million dollers into two players that are like that.I can't see Edmonton offering these guys the 6 mill each is what they would be asking for.
and you know whats funny about it, the Canucks had there best success under Quinn before new management fired him.Am I the only one around here that appreciates the irony of the fact that the majority of the Oiler leadership has the Canucks as their mutual connection?:biggrin:
Quinn has done a good job with Hockey Canada and working with junior players to dispel the perception that he doesn't relate to younger players.