The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenceman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Horcoff had spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers after the team drafted him in the fourth round (99th overall) in 1998. Horcoff carries a $5.5 million cap hit through 2014-15. If the Stars have any concerns about hitting the cap floor, his deal could be a benefit, though; his salary is lower than his cap hit in the two final seasons ($4 million in 2013-14 and $3 million in 2014-15). New Dallas GM Jim Nill has worked hard to rebuild the Stars center ice position today, acquiring both Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley earlier today in a deal with Boston.
Larsen settled into the Stars’s defensive corps this season, recording five points in 32 games with the Stars this seasons. Larsen skated in 55 games as an NHL rookie the season before after spending time with AHL Texas early in the year. Larsen had the top plus/minus among Dallas defensemen (plus-11) and scored 3 goals with 8 assists and had 16 penalty minutes. Aside from the NHL, Larsen has represented his native Denmark at the previous two World Hockey Championships.
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