Hockey rumors have become big business on the internet. Some yahoo in Philadelphia makes gobs of coin (apparently) by tapping into that small segment of the population that has been assigned to make certain the words of P. T. Barnum live on (those words being "there’s a sucker born every minute,") However, when the big boys start talking about dealing Hemsky and Penner, I believe where there’s smoke there’s fire.
Elliotte Friedman is a respected report of national stature. He works for the #1 sports show in the nation (HNIC) and his 30 thoughts are a "must read" for hockey fans. So it certainly caught my attention when Friedman wrote the following this week:
- There is a feeling around the league that Ales Hemsky (who has concussion issues) and Dustin Penner are available for the right price. Of course, the Oilers need what everyone needs – centremen and defencemen. A healthy Hemsky gets you more than Penner, but there is no doubt Penner’s play on a bad Oilers team over the past two years has changed a lot of the negative perceptions about him.
Friedman’s 30 thoughts are here. I think the Oilers could get a lot for either player, but Hemsky’s injuries are a worry. Friedman’s comments about team needs are also spot on, so this looks legit. It should be an interesting deadline.
Some names we’ve discussed in the past are C’s Stephen Weiss, Steve Ott, Joe Pavelski and Martin Hanzal. As for defensemen, I think we’ve discussed all of them.