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02-20-2012, 10:32 PM
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Tambo will know how hard he has to bargain with hemsky. If he has a set deal for 2-3 yrs on the table at 5 mil that Hemmer will take, he can start to push Hemsky and ask for the moon. Worst case, he resigns Hemsky. Best case, he ends up with a Ryan Ellis and a first type steal.

By all accounts NYR are the front runners for Nash. That leaves LA desperite for something...if I'm Tambellini I go looking at the price tag on Jack Johnson. He's exactly what the Oilers need on the back end to play with Whitney. Tough, plays physical, has a bit of offense to his game and fits in age wise. Plus, he still hasn't peaked.

If he's not available, then you move on to Nashville and try for Ellis.

If that fails...resign Hemsky.

The worst possible situation is if Hemsky's going to walk at the end of the year or asking for 5 years, then they have to move him for whatever you can get, even if its nothing.

Finishing in the bottom 3 again is going to hurt the Oils ability to sign FA this summer. Guys like Weber are going to be looking for a team to win with now plus a big payday. A 7-8 mil/yr long term deal (Weber's price tag to be an Oiler, don't doubt it) is going to hurt the Oilers when it comes time to resign all the kids.

Move Hemsky for the young top 4 D man and use the draft to add another forward. If we end up with a Murray or Dumba...nothing wrong with that.

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