Thread: Proposal: What to do with Ales Hemsky?
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04-11-2012, 10:01 AM
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Still very much on the "trade him" bandwagon.

Once again on garbage day he was again talking about how hard it is to accept a reduced minute role on the team. He's not complaining though, oh no... he's just brought it up in every interview he's done for the last 4 months because he wants us to know exactly how much this doesn't bother him that the young stars of this team are eating away at his ice time.

Oh yeah, he also reinjured his shoulder and missed time since the contract.

The Oilers need winger with size who can win puck battles and execute 2 on 1s with more intelligence than *partial breakaway on a 2 on 1 - try to force a pass to teammate covered by two opposing players anyways* in the top six. Hemsky has always been an extremely one dimensional player, and moving forward with a veteran winger with poor intangibles, an indifference to defensive hockey, and a sour additude who barely broke a sweat outside of media interviews for 60 games of the year was a bad idea pre-deadline, and will still be a bad idea for next year.

Shuffling the 3rd and 4th lines only take you so far, and in a year when the vets stand in the locker-room and openly admit they didn't back the kids up properly - there needs to be more consequences than media interviews about how much harder they'll try next year.

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