Where Is Horny?

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 UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Patric Hornqvist #27 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New York Islanders on February 9, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Predators 4-3 after a shootout (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Where, oh where is Patric Hornqvist?  Many Predators fans, including myself are dying to know the answer.  Last year, in his first full NHL season, Horny led the team in goals (30), plus/minus rating (+15), and points (51 – tied for 1st).  The Predators don’t have a stable full of 30-goal guys, so I’m not too sure what they are waiting for.

Although the front office staff has accomplished quite a lot with a bunch of little-known, low salary players, they have also been known to pull the trigger and spend a little from time to time.  Although I’m still convinced it was for pure marketing hype, we all remember when Peter Forsberg once wore the Nashville Predators blue and gold.  To obtain Forsberg’s services, we paid dearly in the personnel and the finance department.  We traded two players, two picks, and picked up the remainder of his multi-million dollar salary…not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. 

Yes, I know that Pete sold lots of tickets and generated extra revenue in the short-term, but setting our team up for another great season full of wins, will be the best move for the team’s long-term financial well-being.  Patriq Hornqvist will be a piece of this success, as soon as the front office suits stop sitting on their hands and start signing some papers. 

I don’t want us to just throw away money and pay him millions of dollars over the next twelve seasons.  I just want him re-signed for the next two or three years.  If he wants $30M over six years, he’s smoking crack and can take a hike.  But I say if he’s asking something like $3M a year…pay him.  $3M might seem like overpaying a bit when you put him up against comparables, but what do we have if we don’t sign him?  We have an extra $3M lying around that we can spend on a bunch of 5-8 goal players.  From what I can tell, we are doing exceptionally well in the average player department.  Actually, maybe a better use of our extra cash should Hornqvist slip away, would be to lower ticket prices after we finish the upcoming season with 80 points.  According to my supercomputer, $3M would allow us to shave about $4 off of every ticket. 

Restricted free agents should be re-signed every time if they have value and the team can afford it.  We definitely have the cap space, and I’m pretty sure no one will go broke if we give the kid a few extra bucks to pay his hair stylist. 

David Poile.  Give the Nashville faithful what they desire.  Sign Horny and stop playing games.  If he ends up being a one-hit-wonder, you will be forgiven.  Just get the damn deal done already.

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