He STAYS!

Are we there yet?

I bet most Oiler fans are tired of hearing about the Hemsky contract, and frankly it has reached overload. Besides, there are so many other things to talk about:

  • Oilers interested in Methot!
  • Oilers/Leafs talking Khabibulin!
  • Smyth/Oilers talking contract!

This is good stuff! On the heels of the wins over Calgary and Philadelphia, things are heating up at the deadline and Oiler fans are engaged in chatter about how this team will look in 12-13.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON….

I have one more item on Hemsky and then nothing until we hear some news about the contract. Some races are more important than others and sometimes you’re chasing, sometimes you’re running and sometimes you’re the guy taking the picture.

You and I are taking the picture. Steve Tambellini is in the photo.

I was thinking about this today: all Oiler fans have strong opinions on Ales Hemsky’s trade/contract situation, but none of us has a job riding on it. It’s an interesting item, really. As a fan, I can argue my point strongly and convince some, but at the end of the day there’s beer in the fridge and the internet works for reasons other than my hockey opinion (and I’m certain my family is very happy about it!).

Steve Tambellini doesn’t have that luxury. Making a decision on Ales Hemsky will have a major impact on this organization. There are 4 ways this can play out: Oilers sign Hemsky and he’s not worth the cash; Oilers sign him and he is worth the cash; Oilers send him away and he’s ineffective in his 30’s; Oilers send him away and he kills it in his 30’s.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It’s coming down, it’s coming down, it’s coming down. The Edmonton Oilers are about to:

  • sign Ales Hemsky
  • trade Ales Hemsky

It’s an enormous decision. Godspeed, Steve Tambellini.