Trade Deadline Primer 3.0

Ales Hemsky’s days in an Oiler uniform appear to be near the end. The 2001 draft pick has thrilled and frustrated and led the team offensively for a decade, but with the heart of the team 9 or 10 years younger it may be time to move on. Where will he go? There are two strong candidates and a sleeper.  

Nashville needs offense and Hemsky can help in that area. The stats say Nashville is slightly above average in GF and PP GF, but the club is famous for having outstanding defensemen, great goaltending and a no name offense up front. Martin Erat is the most famous RW on the roster and the club does have some skill but Hemsky would certainly find a way into the top 6F upon arrival.

The pricetag for Hemsky is probably well short of Ryan Ellis–more likely D Jonathan Blum and a pick. Although I find the thought of dealing Hemsky distasteful, Blum should have an NHL career based on his current resume. The most impressive thing about Blum is that Nashville thought so highly of him. The Preds can find defensive talent at midnight in a snowstorm. 


The Kings are incredible. I mean really. If hockey had phrases like ‘punch and judy’ the Kings would be the example. The NHL GF average this season is 159, and the Kings sit at 124. They are an extreme club, but that’s good in one way: the Kings know what they need to do.

Their top wingers are Justin Williams, Dustin Brown and Simon Gagne (injured but coming back) and I’d think Hemsky could help them too. LAK have their line in the water on other fronts too, but young defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov might be in play after being a HS and then demoted earlier this month. 



Glen Sather LOVES skill and this is the season (I believe) the Rangers have a chance to make the decade make sense for Slats. Rangers are a brilliant defensive club and have hired enough offense to stay in any game. Even if Hemsky only fills the Cliff Johnson role it might be worth it for the Rangers. Hemsky was outstanding in spring 2006 and despite a poor season in 2012 he could catch fire on Broadway.

I confess to not knowing what might be coming back in return, although Tim Erixon would be nice if only to piss Flames fans off. 🙂


Ales Hemsky’s talents belong on the big stage but my guess is he’s heading to Nashville. Why? The Kings will do business with Columbus and I believe the Rangers may feel they struck lightning in a bottle with Hagelin. The Preds have made the big splash in the past at the deadline (Forsberg, Fisher) and may give up Blum and a conditional pick based on getting 83 signed.

My guess is Ales Hemsky to Nashville a week from today. Or sooner.

  • Yourmomthinksimhot

    Bernier should be the only player that interests us if we’re dealing with LA. Bernier or bust, I’ve never been one to oppose getting rid of Hemmer, but if Jonathan Blum or Voynov come back the other way…. No thanks. We need a true top 4 coming back, no more 5 and 6 guys.

    • Lowetide

      When I was at the season ticket holder meet and greet, I got a chance to talk to Hemsky briefly.

      As I waited in line with my daughter (yes, she picked Hemmer as the one she wanted to get a picture with for sure) I contemplated a whitty comment I could make to my favorite Oiler since Doug Weight left town.

      After I shook Hemsky’s hand I proceeded to tell him that I expected a 4 point night against Winnipeg next week (I think you can figure out the irony of this comment). Hemsky swiftly replied, “if I make it” to which Gilbert said, “if he’s here he will do it.”

      While my attempt at “coolness” went out the window, I took satisfaction in how both players were able to joke around about it.

      I know people question Hemsky’s desire, practice habits, etc – but I think Hemsky’s relationship with his team mates doesn’t get enough attention.

      I’m not sure if you noticed Hemsky’s reaction to Gagner’s 8 point night, but Hemmer was the first guy to pull him aside at the end of the game to give some kind of congratulations. As well, Hemsky was he guy that started the playful jabs at Gagner as the players gathered to salute the crowd after the game.

      I know that if the Oilers can’t resign Hemsky they will have move him for whatever potential piece they can get.

      My concern is that replacing a sure fire top 6 forward will not be easy and will set the rebuild back significantly.

  • #94 sized hole where my heart used to be...

    Forget Hemsky, i could stare at ScarJo’s talents all day………… ok back to hockey,Lowetide who do u think will turn out to be a better d-man in the long run between Ellis, Blum and Voynov?