TSN reports this evening the Edmonton Oilers have traded Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars. Details to follow.
UPDATE: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter, ” Hearing defenseman Philip Larsen and a 7th to Oil. Could be more going to Dallas”.
The Edmonton Sun’s Robert Tychkowski reports the Oilers claim the trade won’t be finalized until tomorrow (July 5).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stars GM Jim Nill strikes again. Only hours after pulling off the blockbuster of the summer by shipping Loui Eriksson and some prospects to Boston for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and a minor league blueliner, he further bolsters his depth at center by landing Horcoff. I’m curious to find out if the Oilers will be picking up part of the remaining two year’s of Horcoff’s contact (at a cap hit of $5.5 million per season). Horcoff had to waive his no-trade clause to agree to this deal. He’s no longer capable of average 40-50 points per season but remains a hard-working leader who is strong on the draw and defensively sound. The Stars might try him on their second line but at this stage in his career he’s probably best used on the third line.
Larsen, 23, has decent puck-moving ability and could provide some much-needed depth on the Oilers blueliner. His salary is worth a cap hit of $1.025 million per season and expires after next season, so by moving out Horcoff, they’ve freed up over $4 million in cap space, which Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could use toward landing a veteran free agent.