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-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers Waive Darcy Hordichuk


*WELP*

Can’t say as I saw this coming.

The Oilers waived tough guy Darcy Hordichuk.  This is, uh…different.  Don’t take this as me being upset, because I’m quite the opposite, but, uh, this…is…different.

Darcy Hordichuk from all accounts is a great team guy, but he’s not an effective player.  At least, not on this year’s Edmonton Oilers hockey club.  Hordichuk averages anywhere from 45 seconds to a couple of minutes when he’s in the lineup.  That’s not an effective role for a paperweight, much less a professional hockey player

BUT, TOUGHNESS

No sir.  Hordichuk has hardly been a presence on the ice this year.  Waiving him will not make the Oilers any easier (or tougher) to play against, unless they replace him with a hockey player.

Here is a list of Darcy Hordichuk’s ice times.

06 FEB 0:49 v. Dallas
02 FEB 3:23 @ Colorado
31 JAN 2:45 @ San Jose
26 JAN 1:11 @ Calgary

Add those numbers up, and we get about eight minutes of total ice time. No goals, no assists, no points, no shots, and two minutes in penalties.

The toughness argument doesn’t hold water here, even if his job was to go “keep the kids safe”, he’s not going to do it with 90 seconds of ice time a night.

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