Apr 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Dallas Stars center Shawn Horcoff (10) passes the puck defended by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (5) during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Horcoff's Future: Poll

In my report card on Shawn Horcoff, I had mixed feelings about how to approach Horcoff’s situation in the coming offseason.

My feelings are still quite mixed though I’m leaning a little more in one direction (that’s up to y’all to find out).

Shawn Horcoff came to Big D from the chilly city of Edmonton for a mediocre defenseman named Philip Larsen (bonus points if you remember his number!). His season was less than memorable, though. With a raunchy total of 7 goals and 13 assists through 77 games, many fans wondered who won the trade overall, Dallas or Edmonton. His playof numbers helped gain some brownie points, though. With 1 goal and 5 assists in just 6 games, he was a main factor in helping the Stars through the series.

But now he is a 35 year old center with a slowly deteriorating reputation and a ton of new talent in the dot coming off the line in Cedar Park as we speak (Go Texas Stars, the Calder is y’alls). With the given scenario with one year left on his contract, many fans are at a crossroads trying to decide whether they want to keep Horcoff around and perhaps gain from it with a potential Cup run in the very near future for this up-and-coming young squad,or if they want to dump him at the curb in a trade that could be beneficial to Dallas’ defense or goaltending, maybe even their second line center dilemma.

And the answer is not coming easy.

For one, say that his numbers skyrocket back to their former potential and the old Shawn Horcoff is back in business. This would be very beneficial to a struggling Stars’ dot and the veteran leadership in the postseason would be beyond helpful.

From another perspective, let’s say his numbers stay the same or decrease and the Stars basically flush $3,000,000 down the toilet and deal him at the deadline while possibly already being out of playoff contention because they didn’t have a reliable center or defenseman that they could of traded for back in July.

So a lot of questions need answering. But the one that answers them all overall is what should the Stars do with Shawn Horcoff?

What Should The Stars Do With Shawn Horcoff?

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