Would You Rather: Ales Hemsky or Alex Semin

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2012 02:55PM

Alexander Semin, the Washington Capitals winger who has averaged 31 goals per season since the NHL lockout, is still on the market two weeks into free agency. His demands aren’t crazy, either – according to Capitals’ beat reporter Chuck Gormley, he’s seeking a two-year deal in the $10 million range (h/t Spector). Given that Ales Hemsky re-upped with the Oilers on exactly that deal, it made me wonder: which player would be a better fit in Edmonton?

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Nation Radio - July 14, 2012

NationRadio
July 15 2012 11:22AM

While the UFA "frenzy" remains a sort of tepid, apathetic singles dance, in the distance one can hear the rumble of thunder that signifies the impending battle between the league and the NHLPA. Gary Bettman has already fired a few shots over the bow of Donald Fehr and company, so it looks like the CBA talks are going to be...contentious at the very least.

For now, we'll continue to ignore the whole "there might be another lock-out" thing and keep on talking trades and stats. This week, Allan invited number crunchers and hockey writers from around the league including Benjamin Wendorf, James Mirtle and Corey Pronman to help with our denial.

This is Nation Radio.

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GET BUSY LIVING, GET BUSY DYING

Lowetide
July 15 2012 08:30AM

Since the lockout ended, the Edmonton Oilers have done most of their summer's business between draft day and July 15th. However, the activity from July 15th on represents some of the most franchise altering events in the team's history.

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SIGNING SAMWISE

Lowetide
July 14 2012 07:40AM

The Edmonton Oilers are less than a week away from salary arbitration with one of their young forwards, Sam Gagner. Five years into his NHL career--and still young enough to be part of the young cluster of talented forwards--Gagner's contract will tell us what each side really thinks of the other.

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FRIDAY THE 13th: NHL PLAYS LOW-BALL

Robin Brownlee
July 14 2012 12:46AM

Multiple media outlets are reporting the NHL has tabled its first CBA proposal to the NHLPA. Based on what's being reported, it's a proposal that can only be characterized as a swift kick in the nuts low-ball offer to the NHLPA and the first volley in what stands to be a protracted and likely ugly negotiation.

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