February 26 2012 02:57PM

NHL General Managers at the deadline go from aggressive to homicidal. Most are trying to "keep up with the Joneses" by adding parts to their team while also keeping valuable items from their opponents. The Oilers had a major item on the block just a few hours ago, but Ales Hemsky's signing means Edmonton doesn't have any forwards who'll go at the deadline. Or do they?

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Robin Brownlee
February 26 2012 11:09AM

Now that Ales Hemsky has re-signed, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has taken care of his most pressing matter going into the NHL trade deadline Monday. What else will he do?

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Nation Radio - February 25, 2012

February 26 2012 11:00AM



It was trade deadline eve, eve this Saturday and all of hockey fans thoughts turned to rumors and speculation. Monday will likely turn out to be slightly less interesting for Oilers faithful now that Hemsky has signed, but that doesn't mean they and some of the other Nations teams won't be making a move or two. This week, Allan investigates what the Jets, Flames, Leafs and Canucks are thinking heading into the frenzy.

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February 26 2012 12:04AM

Every deadline it's the same: NHL teams enter into a feeding frenzy over NHL capable defensemen.

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Jason Gregor
February 25 2012 08:36AM

The Ales Hemsky contract extension was a good move for the Oilers, and it should finally put an end to the ridiculous comments that Hemsky doesn't like Edmonton. He could have earned a longer deal on July 1st, but after so many years of not having much skill around him, Hemsky recognized that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle will make the game more fun and exciting for him moving forward.

For me, the most important part of this extension is that the Oilers didn't trade away a proven NHL player for more picks and prospects. They wouldn't have won any trade involving Hemsky prior to Monday, and rather than take a step backwards in the rebuild they kept moving forward by signing the 13th overall pick in 2001.

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