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Horcoff gets point of the pine

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

Shawn Horcoff was back at work Thursday after riding the pine against Chicago. Renney gave him just three shifts in the second period and two in the third for a total of 10:44. Ales Hemsky played 10:51.

It’s the first time the two longest-serving players on the team have been sat down since they emerged as top-six players on the team.

“I’ll be the first to admit that they’ve (given a lot to the Oilers) and I’ll be the first to admit that they will continue to,” said Renney, who doesn’t pick his spots when letting players know they’re not playing well. “Sometimes it’s important that everybody gets a message. I don’t think we’re going to be too discriminatory here. If there’s a message that needs to be sent then we’re going to do it.

“This is a hell of a group of people, I’ve coached lots of teams and these are outstanding men. It’s one of those situations where we have to capitalize on more than just that, though, to get wins.”

Horcoff understands the motivation.

“I think he’s trying to make a point, it doesn’t really matter who you are or what you’ve done in this league. He’s made it abundantly clear that we’re going to be held responsible in trying to turn this around. Given the situation he wanted to lean on his veterans and he didn’t think he got enough from us last game. His point got across.”

Hemsky was on the training table and not at practice Thursday.

– Tychkowski


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