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Horcoff files for arbitration

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

Shawn Horcoff and agent Pat Brisson filed for salary arbitration yesterday, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're in for a show-me-the-money spat with Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.

The way Horcoff sees it, opting to file for a hearing simply ensures he'll have a new contract when training camp opens Sept. 13. "It's just a matter of protecting yourself," Horcoff said.

"I just want to make sure I have a contract going into the season. This doesn't mean we can't get something done before that."

Horcoff, 26, who made $800,000 in 2003-04, a season in which he had career highs in goals, assists and points with 15-25-40 in 80 games, spent last season with Mora in Sweden and led the team in scoring with 46 points in 50 games. The Oilers made Horcoff a qualifying offer of $710,000. "It's a decision I'm comfortable with. I know I'll be playing when the season starts.

"It's really just a formality. I'm sure we'll sit down and talk before any (hearing) happens."

Ryan Smyth, the only other Oiler eligible for a hearing, and agent Don Meehan did not file.

Meehan and the Oilers are exploring the possibility of a multi-year deal. Smyth has a one-year qualifying offer on the table.

Arbitration hearings will be held Aug. 22-Sept. 1.

THE DOTTED LINE: The Oilers have four restricted free agents from their 2003-04 NHL roster left to sign - Smyth, Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Raffi Torres.

Word is the Oilers and Torres are closing in on a two-year contract. Qualifying offers to restricted free agents expire Monday.


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