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Mar 6, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Darcy Hordichuk (16) warms up before the game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. Edmonton defeated San Jose 3-2 in shootouts. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Should They Stay Or Should They Go : UFA Darcy Hordichuk



DOB:  10 AUG 80 (will be 32 on October 1)

2011-12 NUMBERS:  1-2-3, 64 PIM (43 GP)

2011-12 SALARY:  825K

When it came to playing actual hockey, Hordichuk’s contributions were extremely marginal.

Bruce McCurdy, The Edmonton Journal (30 MAY 2012)


Hordichuk is a hired hand for the fourth line.  Twenty years ago, we’d simply call him a fighter or a goon and get on with it.  Today’s game sees a giant reduction in major penalties compared to twenty years ago, so some folks have decided to come up with some cute names for the line that Hordichuk plays on.  My favorite one?  The Energy Line.

Let’s see some of those energetic combinations that Hordichuk was matched up with in 2011-12.

  • Hordichuk-Lander-Eager
  • Hordichuk-Belanger-Eager
  • Hordichuk-Lander-Petrell
  • Hordichuk-Belanger-Petrell…you get the idea.


  • Darcy Hordichuk is often scratchedHordichuk was dressed for 43 total games in 2011-12, or just a shade over half.  This is beginning to look promising already.
  • Darcy Hordichuk is not on the ice to score goals.  Hordichuk is a pugilist.  That is his role.  If he had a nametag he wore while skating the ice, it would state Hordichuk, Pugilist MD.  Hordichuk has scored 20 career goals (and 41 points)  in 538 career games, putting him at .08 points per game.  “But he’s a fighter, not a scorer!”   I already hear it coming.
  • Darcy Hordichuk does not get ice time to contribute to any hockey plays.  That’s not an endorsement for five more minutes of ice time, mind you.  On most occasions, Hordichuk would end up with less than five minutes of ice time per night. Often, it’d be less than two or three.  Eric Belanger would end up with 11 minutes, Petrell or Eager would end up with 8.  Hordichuk? Less than three.  If you’re going to dress a guy to irritate, it makes absolutely no sense to ice him for 4 shifts.  Seriously, you’ve got guys like Omark who are chomping at the bit to play at the NHL level, and this team insists on wasting a roster spot for a guy chewing up three minutes a night.  Just stupid.  But Omark isn’t a fighter!  What good is it having a guy like Hordichuk on your roster if he doesn’t play?
  • Darcy Hordichuk’s play without the puck is…interesting

    I...uh...Photo courtesy Sportsnet

    Because you know how this story ends, the Stars scored on this play.

  • Darcy Hordichuk was the highest paid Oiler forward vs. time on ice last year.  This one’s really no fault of his own, but Hordichuk made almost $4500 per minute of play last year (he was on ice for just 187 minutes all season).  Hordichuk is not being played nearly enough to be an effective signing, and if he was, he’d be grabbing minutes from other wingers.

There’s just not a single good enough reason to warrant re-signing Darcy Hordichuk.  Maybe if the Oilers can draft that Yakupov kid, they can pair him up with Hordichuk on the same line.  Yeah, maybe that’ll bring him out.

I wish Hordichuk well, but like Cam Barker, it’s past time.

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