March 05 2014 06:40AM
Last night was billed as Ales Hemsky's last game as an Edmonton Oiler, and if so he certainly delivered a fine performance. Reports on the morning of the trade deadline suggest New York may be his ultimate destination, but that might be dependent on the fate of fellow pending free agent Ryan Callahan.
March 04 2014 11:38PM
With two goals on the night and likely playing in his final game as an Oiler, Ales Hemsky lead the way in a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
March 04 2014 04:07PM
Tonight will be Ales Hemsky's final game as an Edmonton Oiler. He will be traded before tomorrow's 1.p.m deadline. Hemsky played his first game as an Oilers on October 10th, 2002 against Philadelphia. He didn't score his first goal until his 26th game, January 4th, 2003 vs. Montreal, but during the past 11 hockey seasons his skill ranged from breathtaking to frustrating to dazzling and gutsy.
Hemsky made the playoffs as a rookie, but I'm sure he never dreamt that he would only play in the playoffs once during the subsequent 10 seasons. I can understand why Hemsky wants a new challenge in a new city, with new teammates and new fans. One post-season appearance in ten years would deflate anyone, and I fully expect Hemsky to play well on his new team.
March 04 2014 12:19PM
Craig MacTavish looks like he has made his decision for his goalies next season. A day after signing Ben Scrivens to a two-year deal, he traded Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a 4th round pick, and then he acquired Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.
March 03 2014 05:55PM
Even with today's signing of Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract, it's understandable fans of the Edmonton Oilers want to see GM Craig MacTavish make a big bang – a "bold move," to borrow from MacT -- between now and the NHL trade deadline. I don’t see it happening.
Given what I know, what I've heard and what common sense suggests, it's far more likely MacTavish's strategy going into the deadline will be to free up roster spots and set the table for more substantial moves during the off-season by moving pending unrestricted free agents and spare parts.