Report: Horcoff to a contender, Bowness turned down Edmonton

There were a couple of interesting items for Oilers fans during the second intermission of CBC’s broadcast of game five between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings. First, Glenn Healy reported that Rick Bowness – a candidate to work as an associate coach to Ralph Krueger – declined a job offer, while Elliotte Friedman provided some information on a possible Shawn Horcoff trade.

The Horcoff Trade

Friedman suggested that Horcoff – who has a no-move clause – would only accept a trade to a contending team, as he has no interest in being placed in another rebuild scenario. It’s an understandable stance for Horcoff, aged 34 to take, but it does rather limit the Oilers’ trade options (Just to clarify: Horcoff’s no-move clause does not end on July 1; it allows him to submit a 10-team list).

When we looked the other day at poor contracts the Oilers might accept in trade, most of them were on second-tier teams. It seems likely in such a scenario that Horcoff would slot in as the third line centre for whichever club accepted him in trade, and that the Oilers would eat a significant portion of his cap hit in order to facilitate a move.

Reading through the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, it seems that the Oilers can retain as much as 50 percent of the salary and cap hit on Horcoff’s contract, and that money cannot vary from year to year. As I understand it (with the caveats that a) I’m not a lawyer and b) I haven’t read the whole CBA cover to cover), the percentage applies evenly to both salary and cap hit: in other words, if the Oilers do decide to retain 50 percent in a Horcoff trade, he would count against their roster as follows:

  • 2013-14: $2.75 million cap hit, $2 million actual salary
  • 2014-15: $2.75 million cap hit, $1.5 million actual salary

He almost certainly will have value to various contending teams in the league at that cap hit/price point; the only question is what the Oilers will be able to get in exchange.

Rick Bowness and the associate coach position

Meanwhile, Glenn Healy passed on some news on coaching that takes on added significance with the firing of Ralph Krueger yesterday. According to Healy, the Oilers offered former Vancouver associate coach Rick Bowness the same position in Edmonton – and Bowness turned them down to work in Tampa Bay instead.

Had Bowness accepted the job, would it have prevented general manager Craig MacTavish from firing Krueger on Saturday? It seems unlikely that the Oilers would have offered Bowness an associate role while they were planning to axe Krueger, because that would have married the incoming head coach to a lieutenant not of his own choosing. If Healy’s information is accurate, than it really does suggest that the decision to fire Krueger was made quickly, and it would also indicate that Krueger was *this* close to surviving what is shaping up as a turbulent off-season in Edmonton.

Recently around the Nation Network

After some talk in Toronto of moving Phil Kessel, Leafs Nation’s Jeff Veillette explains in careful detail Why You Don’t Trade Phil Kessel: 

At the end of the day, the suggestion can be boiled down to this: The Leafs want to win, so they should trade their one superstar for either a centre who will need someone like him on his wing (instead of trying an already owned option), or a defenceman who will need several years to develop into what the Leafs need. But, this can’t come at a steep cost, because the most appropriate use of the Leafs cap dollars is on players in between star level and replacement level, pretty good but not great. The Leafs need to work hard, and this player was considered to not be a hard worker four years ago. By the way, this is all because of two minutes in a series that he was probably the team’s best player in, despite all the expectation that he wouldn’t. When you put it that way, it sounds like a bunch of nonsense. Because it is.

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  • I’m aiming my sights pretty high here, but the Blues also apparently are looking for a 1st rounder. It would take more than #7, but I wonder if we could somehow swindle Pietrangelo (preferred) or Shattenkirk away with the #7 pick plus a chunk more. They also do have some other pieces that we could use from them instead too such as Chris Stewart. I wonder if a big deal between the two teams could be made. Just floating ideas out there, not that my words on a blog make a world of difference to what will happen. 😛

    @Old Retired Guy

    Bogosian definitely could be a top pairing guy here… even a very solid 2nd pairing. He’s one guy I wouldn’t mind going after if possible.

  • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

    Besides the obvious Oilers stuff…’s going to be fascinating to see what some of these compliance buyouts go for on the open market.

    What Is a Brad Richards worth? Briere? Etc.

    If I’m not mistaken, the Dallas stars got Jagr for nothing last year (UFA at 4.5?) and then moved him to Boston at the deadline for two second round picks…Are their others out there who could bring similar value at the deadline and who could be added now at no cost?

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Bogosian could survive in that 2 thru 4 range on a good hockey club for the next 10 yrs. He’d be my preference over the Streits’, Yandles’ heading into the summer. On a tad smaller stage i’d keep an eye on that Hamonic kid on the Island as well. Wonder if Snow sees any value in Hemsky.

    Paajarvi and Gernat for Zac.

    Hemsky and Paajarvi for Zac?

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Have to think he’s shooting for maybe 20’ish over the next 5 yrs would be in the ballpark.

        Make it known he’s an offer sheet canidate, and see if there’s something that can be worked out. He could turn out to be a step up from Willy Mitchell.

  • Hair bag

    If the Red Wings fail to sign Val Filpulla (he’s asking for $5 mill plus which is too rich for the Wings), then I could see the Red Wings being interested in Horc for around $3 mill. Tom Renney leaned on Horc quite a bit during Tom’s tenure here. Maybe Tom will sell the virtues of Horc to the Red Wings’ brass.