Horcoff agrees to six-year contract extension
Oilers centre to remain under contract through 2014-15 season
|Edmonton Oilers' Shawn Horcoff, right, looks to the perimeter just before taking a shot and scoring while Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom, left, of Sweden, defends during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)|
The 6’1”, 204 pound native of Trail, British Columbia, is entering his ninth National Hockey League season in 2008-09 and will be in the final year of his current three-year contract.
In 53 games last season, Horcoff recorded almost a point per game, collecting 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points. His solid play led him to being named to the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward. By being proactive with this deal, we avoid being in a situation where Shawn could become an unrestricted free agent after next season and the unknown free agency can bring to the organization. Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal.”
Horcoff says, “This is a great day for myself and my family. Edmonton is a great city and one that has embraced us in every way possible. I’ve spent my entire career with the Oilers and I’m thrilled about the direction we are heading in, led by our new owner Daryl Katz and General Manager Kevin Lowe. I’d like to thank the Edmonton Oilers and our great fans for making this possible.”
After re-aggravating a shoulder injury at the NHL All-Star Game, Horcoff played one game (January 29th vs. San Jose) before electing to have surgery to repair his left shoulder and end his season.
Originally drafted by the Oilers (4th round, 99th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the 29-year-old forward had a breakout season in 2005-06, registering career-highs in goals (22), assists (51), points (73) and penalty minutes. In 24 playoff games, Horcoff added 19 points (7-12-19), helping lead the Oilers to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.