WHAT IF THEY RE-SIGNED HEMSKY?

Lowetide
February 16 2014 07:15PM

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Crazy thought. NEVER HAPPEN! And yet.....if a team has possession of a player's contract and that player's value is greater to said team than what is being offered in trade? What then? What DO you do?

Ales Hemsky is a different player than he was in 2005-06. The Oilers have their new Jacks and Kings for the feature jobs and a $5M per year contract for 83 is in the rear-view mirror.

So what?

Hemsky isn't 90 years old, he's got plenty of track left in him. The man has endured the bad times in Edmonton, why not hang around for the good days? If the Edmonton Oilers and Craig MacTavish are looking for useful NHL players to fit around their dream skilled men, why not Ales?

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This is from Extra Skater, and indicates Hemsky's 5x5 Corsi for is above average on the Oilers this season. The offense is hovering around .5 points per game and he's been playing most with Boyd Gordon, Sam Gagner and Ryan Smyth.

He's scoring well considering where he's batting in the lineup.

HE'S NOT PHYSICAL

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The Oilers are no doubt going to add some more Hendricks and Fraser's, but that doesn't mean they'll carry only size and physicality in the bottom six. Besides, if someone gets hurt among Hall, Yakupov, Eberle and Perron then 83 can slide up the depth chart with aplomb.

HE'S SOFT!

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Actually, he isn't. Hemsky isn't going to run over people, but he drives to the hard areas with the puck and doesn't back away from physical contact. It isn't his game, which is why the Oilers need to add more Grier's and Moreau's. Todd Marchant roamed happily between those two for years.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The Oilers can't afford to get 50 cents on the dollar in trade and they can't afford to keep sending away actual NHL players for futures. Their cup does not runneth over with qualified NHL veterans.

Signing Ales Hemsky may well be the smart move here.

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#1 DSF
February 16 2014, 07:23PM
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The Oilers also can't keep overpaying players who are batting .250.

See Gagner, Sam for reference.

If Hemsky is willing to accept 3rd line money in keeping with his role on the team, then sign him up for another 3 years at $3M.

If he wants a penny more...time to move on.

P.S. Chicago's entire 3rd line totals $3M.

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#2 Sevenseven
February 16 2014, 07:25PM
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Yeah if we cant get something good for him, why not keep him? At a bunch less money tho.

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#3 Jay Gray
February 16 2014, 07:28PM
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Would he sign here for 2.5m here when he could probably get 4/4.5m somewhere else? That's the question.

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#4 Woodguy
February 16 2014, 07:29PM
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In regards to "tough players", former AHLer and very good hockey writer Justin Bourne (son of Bob Bourne) wrote this excellent piece a little while back:

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/29/why-players-willing-to-be-first-in-on-the-puck-are-the-toughest-in-the-hockey/

Here'e my favourite part:

Hockey games are decided by five or ten plays that often come down to an inch, or a “barely.” The problem is, you rarely know when you’re in one of those moments. So all you can do is be first on the puck over, and over, and over again. The guys who commit to doing that are the league’s toughest players.

Hemsky has been among the elite in the NHL at sacrificing his body to make the play.

Its almost unthinkable that he did it night after night on awful Oilers teams that wouldn't reap the benefit of his sacrifice.

If he's willing to sign at about $3MM x 2-3 years, you should "Pay the man his phacking money"

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#5 Toro
February 16 2014, 07:31PM
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Agreed with both above statements and article if your not gonna get fair value for him ie hopefully a roster player and not more draft picks then resign him if the money is right, Hemsky has been a good Oiler and deserves to be on this team when we become good again , hopefully that's sooner then later

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#6 Dave
February 16 2014, 07:37PM
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The trouble is that he will not simply be a 3rd line player. On paper - yes, that's where he would ink in. We all know that due to injury or offensive struggles in the top 6 that he's there, which is about 2/3 of a season. So what's a 1A RW or a 2A RW or a 3A RW worth? The avg of the 3 values plus a little bit, I suspect. That would respect what he really is and what he means to this team.

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#7 oilerjed
February 16 2014, 07:39PM
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I like Hemsky, even if he is my goat this year. Can he be relied on to remain healthy for any length of time let alone in a third line role? Maybe he has finally shaken the bad luck injury bug and he's good for 4-5 more years, or maybe this is the off year to his norm and as soon as he is signed he gets creamed again. If he could stay healthy and sign cheap, I say sign him. If only there were advance stats for probability of injury. I'm pretty sure the odds would not be in his favor.

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#8 DSF
February 16 2014, 07:47PM
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oilerjed wrote:

I like Hemsky, even if he is my goat this year. Can he be relied on to remain healthy for any length of time let alone in a third line role? Maybe he has finally shaken the bad luck injury bug and he's good for 4-5 more years, or maybe this is the off year to his norm and as soon as he is signed he gets creamed again. If he could stay healthy and sign cheap, I say sign him. If only there were advance stats for probability of injury. I'm pretty sure the odds would not be in his favor.

How is he doing in the Olympics against the best players in the world?

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#9 Walter Sobchak
February 16 2014, 07:48PM
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I'll keep saying this, but if you sign Hemsky on the cheap it affords the Oilers to move Peron without sacrificing much.

We all know what Hemsky is capable of, and at 29 still has years ahead of him.

Perons trade value is at an all time high, personally I think Hemsky would be more inclined to re-sign where Peron is least likely to resign.

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#10 D-Unit
February 16 2014, 07:54PM
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2 at $2.5. No more on either end.

Hope it doesn't get down to a situation where they can't get value for him, and react with an over pay or something. Please MacT don't do something dumb.

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#11 Scientician
February 16 2014, 08:00PM
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If the Oilers value him more than other teams, doesn't that mean we stand a pretty good chance of signing him as a free agent (assuming he makes it to free agency)? Why not trade him and then see if he'll sign for third line dollars in the summer?

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#12 Scientician
February 16 2014, 08:00PM
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If the Oilers value him more than other teams, doesn't that mean we stand a pretty good chance of signing him as a free agent (assuming he makes it to free agency)? Why not trade him and then see if he'll sign for third line dollars in the summer?

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#13 Max
February 16 2014, 08:12PM
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It would be good to re-sign him - #83 deserves to enjoy the good times after so long with the bad, same as #94 - resign him too. They may be bottom line players, but they are TRUE Oilers, and no amount of money can buy HEART. Ales can move up and down the lines as needed and Smytty protects the net like it's one of his kids - rather than wasting money on any more Frasers, Actons, Browns, Smithsons, Hordichuks, Belangers, Eagers, Larsens, Belovs etc., (the list is endless) re-sign these two at a decent price and save the big bucks for a really good player or two. Give Eakins a break and let him develop the kids and the prospects at LEAST another year and let 83 and 94 be their mentors. They have been Oilers a long time, they ARE Oilers, keep them around, they are worth holding on to.

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#14 oilerjed
February 16 2014, 08:14PM
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@DSF

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#15 Rama Lama
February 16 2014, 08:17PM
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The word soloist comes to mind when describing Hemsky........which makes him a perfect fit on the third line, if he chooses to accept that.

I think DSF nailed it with his comment on the third line of Chicago.......we do not want to over pay him but I would gladly accept him in a lesser role.

The guy has finally won me over.........it only took five years!

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#16 D-Unit
February 16 2014, 08:17PM
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Max wrote:

It would be good to re-sign him - #83 deserves to enjoy the good times after so long with the bad, same as #94 - resign him too. They may be bottom line players, but they are TRUE Oilers, and no amount of money can buy HEART. Ales can move up and down the lines as needed and Smytty protects the net like it's one of his kids - rather than wasting money on any more Frasers, Actons, Browns, Smithsons, Hordichuks, Belangers, Eagers, Larsens, Belovs etc., (the list is endless) re-sign these two at a decent price and save the big bucks for a really good player or two. Give Eakins a break and let him develop the kids and the prospects at LEAST another year and let 83 and 94 be their mentors. They have been Oilers a long time, they ARE Oilers, keep them around, they are worth holding on to.

I don't see a lot of heart from Hemsky most nights, unless by heart you mean disinterest.

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#17 nuge2nail
February 16 2014, 08:21PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Perron Statsny Eberle

Hall Hopkins Yakupov

Kulemin Gordon Michalek

Hendricks Boyle Glass

Robidas Hainsey

Shultz Diaz

Petry Marincin

Halak Scrivens

Let Ekblad, Nurse and Klefbom develop in the AHL properly. Let Petry and Marincin play easy minutes.

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#18 nuge2nail
February 16 2014, 08:24PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

That lineup above gives me hope.

Defense can move the puck. Looks reliable and steady.

Forwards have depth and scoring on all lines. Top line looks formatable, Second like looks formidable, Third line looks big, Fourth line looks mean.

Goaltending is a solid as duo as you can find in the NHL.

Ott, Callahan, Moulsen, Orpiks, Downie, Stempniak, Zidlicky, Girardi, Raymond, Jagr, Markhov, Vanek, Mitchell, Greene, Boyle, Meszaros, Nikitin available that can help the oilers- be nice to see the 34+ million(39+ after the Gagner trade) spent on size and defense

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#19 God
February 16 2014, 08:26PM
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Signing Hemsky would be the nail in the coffin.

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#20 Johnny
February 16 2014, 09:07PM
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Hemsky is no longer an NHL player. I would place money, with odds (cause it's a little out there) that Hemsky plays in Europe next year.

The Oilers third line is better sans Hemsky. This is exactly what plagues this team...too many skilled,one-dimensional players. Having Hemsky on our third line is asinine. He changes that line from a line that grinds(Gordon, Hendricks, Jones actually looked like a third line for a bit there) to a line that does nothing!

We need more jam, and Hemsky (and Gagner) are the poster boys for what has to be changed around here.

Hemsky is finished and what a disappointment it was. You were all there, when the sky was the limit. Insert fart sound of Hemsky flubbing it at the blueline...

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#21 DSF
February 16 2014, 09:11PM
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oilerjed wrote:

average

Well below average.

He has 1 assist in 3 GP.

Phil Kessel has 4 goals and 6 points in 3GP.

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#22 Mr common sense
February 16 2014, 09:12PM
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Why resign Alice at 2-3M when you can get Steve Ott for the same money? Ott is the body slamming grit with leadership skill we need with Gordon-Hendricks and he can slide to the wing on line 2 when we play big teams to protect the kids. Check out Ott's stats on nhl.com the last 3yrs. Golden ufa

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#23 Oilerfan
February 16 2014, 09:26PM
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Once the new arena is built, all the UFAs will want to sign in Edmonton. Who wouldn't want to play in a revived downtown and a world-class city that is back on the proverbial map?

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#24 Oil Can
February 16 2014, 09:29PM
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This is unbelievable. The Oilers are the worst team in the league for the last five years, and someone writes an article to keep Hemsky or to keep Gagne, or Smyth and then all these morons coming on here and are saying oh yes we must keep all these guys (because they are good Oilers and deserve to be here when we are great) Here's a news flash for you morons, the Oilers are not great because of these guys and they are never going to be anything but cellar dwellers until these guys are gone, as well as some other moves. So quite thinking that we will just get this fantasy number 1 defenceman and we will be contenders. Let Hemsky and some of the other dead weight go, for what ever you can get, and shape this team into a harder to play against team with grit and top end skill. And that is not Hemsky, Smyth, Gagne and maybe a couple of others.

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#25 #ThereGoesTheOilers
February 16 2014, 09:30PM
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DSF wrote:

Well below average.

He has 1 assist in 3 GP.

Phil Kessel has 4 goals and 6 points in 3GP.

I just snorted my coffee - please clarify for me, are you comparing Hemsky and Kessel for the sake of argument or are you asserting that Kessel is your measurement of 'average'??

Thank you for this daily dose of comedy.

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#26 TayLordBalls
February 16 2014, 09:49PM
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LowTide - I can't believe you even suggested signing him.

Willis rates the players after the games however his ratings seem to be based on a generic player rather than individual players ranked against their ability to how they played in the game.

Hemsky does not put out near to his abilities and has dragged the entire team down.

He coasts and should have been benched long time ago until traded.

In short - he is lazy!

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#27 oilerjed
February 16 2014, 09:51PM
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@DSF

And that's why Phil Kessel plays on the first line and Hemsky the third. I would also imagine that is why Kessel will also be making about 6 million more then Hemsky next year. If your saying we would be better off with Phil Kessel playing third line for us at 2 mil a year, then I agree with you.

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#28 DSF
February 16 2014, 10:08PM
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@#ThereGoesTheOilers

No. I'm suggesting Kessel is a RW that Hemsky might be compared to.

The Oilers bet on the wrong nag.

Again.

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#29 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 16 2014, 10:14PM
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Hemsky has been nothing short of phenomenal in the Olympics. Every minute he's played he's driven the play into the offensive zone.

The entire hockey world that manages to consistently bat above mental torpor recognizes this.

I'll leave the rest of you to revel in the decision making of the Czech team and the apogee of absurd comparisons.

Re-signing him would be extremely smart. Allows you to move other assets. 3x3.

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#30 Jofa
February 16 2014, 10:19PM
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Can't we please just move on? Both parties will benefit from a change, methinks.

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#31 Soccer Steve
February 16 2014, 10:22PM
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Oil Can wrote:

This is unbelievable. The Oilers are the worst team in the league for the last five years, and someone writes an article to keep Hemsky or to keep Gagne, or Smyth and then all these morons coming on here and are saying oh yes we must keep all these guys (because they are good Oilers and deserve to be here when we are great) Here's a news flash for you morons, the Oilers are not great because of these guys and they are never going to be anything but cellar dwellers until these guys are gone, as well as some other moves. So quite thinking that we will just get this fantasy number 1 defenceman and we will be contenders. Let Hemsky and some of the other dead weight go, for what ever you can get, and shape this team into a harder to play against team with grit and top end skill. And that is not Hemsky, Smyth, Gagne and maybe a couple of others.

It's GagneR, with an R at the end. Who's the moron again?

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#32 Oiler Al
February 16 2014, 10:25PM
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Here's a guy that 29 other GM,s told you he's worth not too much,thats why he is on the Oilers team. MacT could not give him away last summer, man even Horcoff was worth something.

To, resign a player because no other team wants him is the dumbest idea Ive ever heard. Besides, as some others suggest here, Hemsky is not a third line player.You want a utility guy, then sign Jones, or get a guy like Ott.

Besides he will likely be hurt before anyone else, he who has played one complete season in 11 years.

Forget the true Oiler , and put his time in etc crap.. he was paid $38 million for his services, now move on to the KHL.

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#33 Al Low
February 16 2014, 10:33PM
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It's time to change the makeup of the team. Hemsky needs to move to improve the mix of the team.

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#34 derrickhands
February 16 2014, 10:58PM
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I don't know if this piece is crazy, irresponsible, someone looking for attention, or all of the above.

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#35 bazmagoo
February 16 2014, 11:01PM
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If the Oilers can trade Eberle or Yakupov for a legitimate #1 left sided d-man, then re-signing Ales would make an awful lot of sense. Playing Ales on our 3rd line doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense to me though. He's not a bottom 6 forward, he's a top 6 forward and has proven to be capable in that role.

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#36 Gret99zky
February 16 2014, 11:10PM
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Oh ya.

Let's sign Hemmer, Smyth, N.Schultz, etc.

Sign them all.

Then expect different results.

Because Oiler Fans.

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#37 TeddyTurnbuckle
February 16 2014, 11:16PM
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I wouldn't resign Hemsky no matter what. I don't care if you can't get hockey tape for him we have guys down on the farm that need a chance. I like Hemsky but his time here is over. His spot needs to go to a Hendricks type of player to compliment our non physical top six. Mac T knows this and there is zero chance he will be back next year . Lets start the betting on what the return will be for him. B grade prospect or 2nd round pick I say.

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#38 bazmagoo
February 16 2014, 11:17PM
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Resigning Ales to an reasonably priced extension before the trade deadline would be a big win for the Oilers in terms of asset management. So it's pretty safe to say that it's not going to happen. He'll be traded for a 2nd round pick, aka given away at the lowest point of his career for essentially nothing.

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#39 Westcoastoil
February 16 2014, 11:29PM
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DSF wrote:

No. I'm suggesting Kessel is a RW that Hemsky might be compared to.

The Oilers bet on the wrong nag.

Again.

If you are comparing Hemsky to Kessel (one if the top scoring wingers in the league the last few years) then that's on you. You made that comparison no one else did. And if you're evaluating Oly points as the determinative measure of a player then your also saying Hemsky = Crosby. In which case "good grief".

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#40 OTown
February 16 2014, 11:33PM
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Lowetide, I get that you really like Hemsky (I do too) but all this hope on resigning him is dependant on whether or not Hemsky wants to come back.

"Would resigning Hemsky be the right play" isn't the right question. The better question is it worth keeping him after the trade deadline and running the risk of him leaving for nothing and the answer to that is a simple no.

I agree that the Oilers need NHL players and trading players for less than what their worth is not ideal but it's better than getting nothing.

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#41 bazmagoo
February 16 2014, 11:48PM
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Because the article is about asset management in relation to Hemsky, I'd like to float the following possibility

Resign Ales Hemsky to a 3 year contract at between 2.5 and 3 million per season

Trade Eberle to Colorado for Ryan O'Reilly

Trade Gagner to Toronto for Jake Gardiner

Then our top 6 would be some combination of RNH, Hall, Yak, Perron, Hemsky and O'Reilly.

Plus it would give us another legitimate defensive prospect and rid us of Gagner.

Sign Arco and Lander to 2 year 1 way deals at league min and let them fight for any spot on the roster

Fire away boys!

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#42 Reg Dunlop
February 17 2014, 12:04AM
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What if they re-signed Hemsky? They would have a much better shot at drafting McDavid. As one of the cornerstones of the worst half decade in Oiler history, and well paid to boot, Hemsky owes us one more abysmal year in 2015. Then BOOM... Stanley Cup.

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#43 WHH
February 17 2014, 12:04AM
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If no other team wants him there is no asset to manage. Although he has scored brilliant goals, he has also floated through many games. Work ethic questionable, last on and first off. Lots of passes attempted, especially on the power play through several defenders only to have it go the other way. And the patented play of blowing down the right side only to go behind the net and out the other side to try that pass or just lose the puck. No, we do not want him teaching our young players. Time to get what we can and move on.

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#44 Wax Man Riley
February 17 2014, 12:09AM
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DSF wrote:

Well below average.

He has 1 assist in 3 GP.

Phil Kessel has 4 goals and 6 points in 3GP.

I would sign Kessel for more than $3M per

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#45 Mr common sense
February 17 2014, 12:11AM
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Gret99zky wrote:

Oh ya.

Let's sign Hemmer, Smyth, N.Schultz, etc.

Sign them all.

Then expect different results.

Because Oiler Fans.

Lol so true

Edm fans and management are like DiCaprio in Shutter Island and the entire civilized world is the doc Ben Kingsley

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#46 Muji
February 17 2014, 12:19AM
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Love Hemsky. Used to be my favourite player before Hall arrived. Was glad when they resigned him the first time. Was surprised and glad that they resigned him last time. Was happy that they didn't trade him for ten cents on the dollar last summer.

But I hope, for the sake of Hemsky, that he gets traded to a contender. He deserves it. Pittsburgh would be cool.

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#47 mlcselli
February 17 2014, 01:13AM
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I'm definitely a fan of Hemsky, but agree that he can be frustrating to watch at times. In spite of that, I would be talking to him about an extension, before everybody else with expiring contracts. We are still going to need an experienced veteran presence, and Hemsky has far greater value than he is given credit. He has been here forever, and the team is meaningful to him. He has been healthy and playing further down the lineup without complaining, Hemmer has said that he likes the city and wants to be on the Oilers roster. Let's face it, with the reputation this team has, and the rotten publicity from a very disgruntled fan base, Edmonton is not the place most players want to call home. If I am GM, keeping Hemsky here on a reasonable and fair market contract (3/3) is a must . Obviously the current contract Tambo signed him to is outrageous.

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#48 dangilitis
February 17 2014, 02:44AM
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@DSF

That's your effin argument!

Ha!

What amazes me is that your first point about Hemsky's contract actually made sense.

You are comparing Kessel to Hemsky based on: 1) 3 stupid games 2) Different expected roles on their respective teams 3) Different linemates 4) Against different opposition (When USA rang up the score against Slovakia, they did it against the bottom 6 forwards and bottom 4 D-men, including our beloved but raw Marinicin).

That goes against everything you preach (and you do seem to preach it) about judging NHL talent.

How about this comparison, then? - Kessel's NHL teams have collectively won one playoff series. Hemsky, in the only season he was joined with playoff caliber teammates, won 3 series with the Oilers and nearly singlehandedly dismantled the President's Trophy Winners in that playoff run. - Hemsky: 2005 Czech Extraliga Playoff MVP - If you include these 3 games, Kessel has 28 pts in 30 games of international play, and Hemsky has 21 pts in 34 GP. - HOWEVER, Hemsky has bronze olympic medal to go with a gold/bronze in WC. In those 3 tournaments, he scored 14 pts in 24 games. Kessel has one silver olympic medal in which he scored 2 points in 6 games --> Both were against Norway, if you're keeping track.

So what the heck are you trying to prove? That Kessel scores more than Hemsky? Bravo, captain obvious. Would you also rather have Kessel on your team over Crosby, or Toews, based on point comparison thus far?

Kessel loves to eat up soft minutes at non-critical times, it seems. We'll see how he produces against better teams, but so far he has 1 point against Russia and 6 against Slovenia and Slovakia.

The Oilers don't need any more of those players. Lowetide was trying to explain how Hemsky could fill a 3rd line role. Your first post indicated you understood that. Then you must have taken goofy pills and started comparing him to Kessel.

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#49 sizedoesmatter
February 17 2014, 04:41AM
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DSF wrote:

How is he doing in the Olympics against the best players in the world?

Better every game

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#50 sizedoesmatter
February 17 2014, 04:49AM
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There's something missing from you article (hot chick picture) and I do not like it.

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