Ales Hemsky named to Team Czech Republic

Jonathan Willis
January 06 2014 02:37PM

 

Edmonton Oilers' right wing Ales Hemsky was named to the Czech Olympic team on Monday. 

Hemsky has been a staple of the Czech national team for years now. He missed the 2010 Olympics but won a bronze with the team in 2006, and he has also played in 25 World Championship games, recording 16 points and a plus-10 rating. He last played in Europe during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, putting up more than a point per game in the Czech Republic's top league.

This wasn't a foregone conclusion; the Czechs made a bunch of weird decisions and quality NHL'ers like Jiri Hudler, Radim Vrbata and Jan Hejda were left off the team while players Petr Nedved and Tomas Kaberle made the cut. 

It's a nice reward for Hemsky, whose offence has dipped a little in a recent years and particularly this season as he takes a back seat to players like Jordan Eberle, David Perron and Nail Yakupov. He's been providing the Oilers with an improved defensive game and doing yeoman's work on a line with Ryan Smyth and Boyd Gordon; it will be fun to see him flying on the big ice at Sochi. 

He'll be joined by his old teammate, Ladislav Smid, who was also named to the team today. Smid's likely to play key minutes in a shutdown role for the Czechs. 

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#51 Rick Stroppel
January 06 2014, 07:38PM
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oilerjed wrote:

I disagree, I don't think MacT blew this at all. He got a center prospect that we are low in, a goalie prospect that we also desperately needed and he got us a bonafide NHL goal tender. The blackhole immediately after Brys was signed. He needed to get rid of a contract and Smid is possibly the only one he could unload in a hurry. And its not like our goals against has really plummeted without him.He didn't know he needed Bryz until Dubs shat the bed, then what was he supposed to do? If anything he MacT missed the boat in the summer by sticking by Dubs. But at the time I agreed with him thinking Dubs would at least stay at an even level. So thats a 5th and a 6th for a stay at home dman. not terrible.

FACTS ARE STUBBORN

If MacTavish made all these brilliant moves, WHY IS THE TEAM IN SECOND LAST PLACE?

The loyalty of the MacTavish fan club continues to astound me. Using big words (often inappropriately) does not make you an intelligent person.

Edmonton reminds me of Toronto. They did a survey very recently and asked people if they would vote for Rob Ford for mayor. Almost 40 percent said yes. Almost 20 percent said they would vote for him if he ran for PRIME MINISTER.

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#52 ToppsSmith
January 06 2014, 07:58PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

FACTS ARE STUBBORN

If MacTavish made all these brilliant moves, WHY IS THE TEAM IN SECOND LAST PLACE?

The loyalty of the MacTavish fan club continues to astound me. Using big words (often inappropriately) does not make you an intelligent person.

Edmonton reminds me of Toronto. They did a survey very recently and asked people if they would vote for Rob Ford for mayor. Almost 40 percent said yes. Almost 20 percent said they would vote for him if he ran for PRIME MINISTER.

I agree MacT got a tie for Christmas one year, now he is playing GM with it. His role in the 80's 80% of players of that time could fill. He was just the lucky one who won a contract. He was a disappointment in St. Louis when he played their, and put Edmonton into this Tailspin as the coach, Tried to destroy Vancouver's Prospects, and that is a resume that earned him GM. This team needs a shackup above him, and all new management.

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#53 Rick Stroppel
January 06 2014, 08:03PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

FACTS ARE STUBBORN

If MacTavish made all these brilliant moves, WHY IS THE TEAM IN SECOND LAST PLACE?

The loyalty of the MacTavish fan club continues to astound me. Using big words (often inappropriately) does not make you an intelligent person.

Edmonton reminds me of Toronto. They did a survey very recently and asked people if they would vote for Rob Ford for mayor. Almost 40 percent said yes. Almost 20 percent said they would vote for him if he ran for PRIME MINISTER.

PS: I cannot wait for the next press conference when MacTavish will treat us to more profound and helpful comments like: "The season has not gone as well as we hoped. The results are not what we expected."

No sh!t, Sherlock.

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#54 gm_armchair
January 06 2014, 08:23PM
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I miss Smid..and once Hemsky gets dealt I'll provably miss him too..heart and soul players are tough to give up but things are turning over to the youngsters in Edmonton.

It'll be fun to watch Hemsky fly out on the big ice in Sochi.

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#55 Harlie
January 06 2014, 09:44PM
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Go get em' Pardubice Prince.

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#56 nick
January 06 2014, 10:32PM
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Zarny wrote:

And Smid was playing like junk and was the Oilers worst puck-moving D.

The team started 4-14-2 with Smid playing significant minutes. That's how effective he was.

I love how hard he played but he was a very expensive bottom pairing D.

He was not playing big minutes at the beginning of the year. Eakins thought Belov was better, good call hey Belov is brutal and should be in the KHL the other guy played hit 500th NHL hockey game Not an expensive 4th D man It was just a very bad trade

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#57 Walter Sobchak
January 06 2014, 11:18PM
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pkam wrote:

MacT wants to add goalie depth and he trust Bob Green so he overpays for Laurent Brossoit.

Didn't fans here say rather he do something than nothing even if we have to overpay?

Some posters here suggested Hall + RNH + Kelfbom + 2014 1st round for Weber. Some suggest Hall/RNH + Eberle + Klefbom + 2014 1s rounder + a prospect for Weber.

Personally I don't like the trade cause I don't like to overpay, but IMO, Smid for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit wasn't as bad as the above suggested Weber trade.

If you look at the Smid trade, when you analize the trade it just comes back to complete incompetence as an organization.

The whole organization should wear this! From pro scouting, to amateur scouting, & finally to MacTavish.

I’ve been extremely critical of MacTavish, as I wrote a lengthy blog about it not too long ago.

Let’s look at this trade, the Oilers mired in a slump, trade a 4 – 5 defensemen on any team in the NHL.

First the Oiler’s trade that player to a division rival!! The player that MacTavish is getting back cannot make a team that on paper is worse than the Oilers? This is the RED flag right here.

MacTavish comes out talks about center depth & getting a useful 2nd - 3rd line center, again this makes little sense since the player cannot make the starting roster of a team that should be worse.

A couple weeks later Nelson is interviewed on Oilers Now saying he might become a useful 4th liner in the NHL which leads me to believe that he will never play in the NHL full time & there is a disconnect between coach’s, scouts, & management about player talent & assessment. That was just the warm up, here’s the real incompetence.

At the NHL draft the Oiler needed a goalie, now, I’ve heard from a lot of Oilers fans who keep using the Oilers "know Brossoit" "They got to watch him on the Oil Kings"! "This is the actual player the Oilers wanted not the center"

If putting stock into being an Oil King is so relevant then I find it funny how the Oilers could have traded back to get Lazar even though they had ample opportunity to do so? (More on this)

This is where I really get mad and where this trade makes zero sense, the Oilers trade back after missing out on Fucale, however, both Tristan Jarry & Eric Comrie are still on the board, Tristan Jarry IS an Oil King and in fact has posted better number then Brossoit in his draft year likewise with Eric Comire.

The Oilers then go on to draft Marc-Olivier Roy - Bogdan Yakimov - Kyle Platzer - Greg Chase all centers.

This trade never should have happened in the first place, not to mention, when do you think Smid would be at his highest value? This is about as bad as people making unrealistic Weber trades.

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#58 Brian
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

FACTS ARE STUBBORN

If MacTavish made all these brilliant moves, WHY IS THE TEAM IN SECOND LAST PLACE?

The loyalty of the MacTavish fan club continues to astound me. Using big words (often inappropriately) does not make you an intelligent person.

Edmonton reminds me of Toronto. They did a survey very recently and asked people if they would vote for Rob Ford for mayor. Almost 40 percent said yes. Almost 20 percent said they would vote for him if he ran for PRIME MINISTER.

This is very true. MacTavish is so desperate to prove he is the smartest guy in the room that he tries to use big, impressive words when plain English would suffice. Many of the " big" word are used incorrectly and/or out of context. And he has had many grammatical clangers when pontificating to the ignorant masses.

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#59 Tikkanese
January 07 2014, 09:15AM
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Smid is gone. Time to move on people.

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#60 TigerUnderGlass
January 07 2014, 01:54PM
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Brian wrote:

This is very true. MacTavish is so desperate to prove he is the smartest guy in the room that he tries to use big, impressive words when plain English would suffice. Many of the " big" word are used incorrectly and/or out of context. And he has had many grammatical clangers when pontificating to the ignorant masses.

Examples?

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#61 TigerUnderGlass
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I think a lot of you guys are bang on here.

MacTavish couldn't turn around the entire disaster of a franchise in half a season so the hell with him, right?

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#62 bluetada
January 07 2014, 03:41PM
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What is it with this love affair for Weber? Sure, he is one of the premiere D in the world. But trading two-thirds of our top line plus 1 of our top D prospects plus our 2014 1st rounder (which could very easily be Ekblad, who B. Sutter says WILL be playing in the NHL next year)? Please get real. After you make this trade and are paying Weber $14 million per for the next 4 years and $12 million per for the following 4 please tell me what you are going to do to get your number 1 and 2 centers plus a top line left winger to replace Hall (who some of you are mad that he was left off the Oly team). And are you going to play Weber 60 minutes a game since you will have no other top 4 D?

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