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PYATT A CANUCK / OILERS SIGN HORCOFF

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Just reported on TSN:

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The
Buffalo Sabres have
traded the rights of
forward Taylor Pyatt
to the Vancouver
Canucks, in exchange
for a fourth-round
selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Pyatt, the 6-4,
220-pound left
wing played in
41 games for Buffalo during the 2005-06 season.
He finished the year with six goals and six
assists, including one game-winning goal
against Ottawa on April 8. During the
2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pyatt appeared
in 14 games and collected five assists).

Pyatt played 230 games over the last
four seasons with the Sabres (2001-2006),
totaling 80 points. In his NHL career,
Pyatt has appeared in 308 regular season
games, collecting 98 points.

Here are Pyatt's career stats:


--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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1997-98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 58 14 17 31 104 10 3 1 4 6
1998-99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 68 37 38 75 95 4 0 4 4 6
1999-00 Sudbury Wolves OHL 68 40 49 89 98 12 8 7 15 25
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 78 4 14 18 39 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 27 6 4 10 36 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 10 10 20 35 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 14 14 28 38 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 8 12 20 25 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Hammarby IF Swe-1 24 11 9 20 20
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 6 6 12 33 14 0 5 5 10
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NHL Totals 308 42 56 98 170 14 0 5 5 10

Impressive? Nope. Is this our Carter replacement,
because I am not sure what to think of this if he is!

The Oilers have signed Shawn Horcoff to a 3-year
10.8 million dollar deal. This is a great price for
Horcoff, who has been steadily improving his
game in Edmonton. Last season he had 73 points.
It is crucial for the Oils to keep their top line intact.
So which restricted free agent is next to sign for a
lower price tag? It blows my mind that the Unrestricted
Free Agents get signed for inflated price tags at
the beginning of the free agent season. This is mostly
because of the bidding war that occurs. But really
though, is Pavel Kubina worth more than Shawn
Horcoff? Give me a break!