Rumor and Proposal Thread Vol. 4: Tambo: Here's my number, call me maybe?
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02-20-2013, 11:43 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Hemsky has 6 - 8 years? Unlikely. He doesn't have the hockey sense or dedication to still be an impact player past 35, his susceptibility to injury is only going to increase as he goes over the age of 30, and he doesn't have one iota of leadership or mentorship in his makeup(unless complaining about being turned into a checker when asked to play defense is the type of mentorship you want for the young players).
The Oilers have holes, they have an abundance of wingers, you move the one that has the least value to the team going forward to fill those holes - that's Hemsky who lacks dimension and size to his game.
Trading any of the big 5(Yak, Hall, Ebs, RNH, J.Shultz) is way premature at this point, but if the team does move down that path it'll be Yakupov, but there is zero reason to go down that road right now. If things like mentorship become an issue with such a young team(and it is with Hemsky on the roster), then it would be a better idea to go out a stop-gap solution(like Jagr) than Mike Milbury the young players.
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