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08-13-2013, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post
I find it interesting that people are planning on Hemsky being dealt at the deadline. For that to happen you would need 1) Hemsky to have had a bounce back year, 2) Hemsky to be injury free, and 3) the Oilers clearly out of playoff contention.

I don't expect the Oilers to be in the playoffs this year but I would also be surprised if they had packed it in by the deadline. If Hemsky is producing and the Oilers are anywhere near a playoff spot I would expect we would see the same thing we saw last year and they will ride out the season with him. If he is not producing you probably only get a bag of pucks for the guy given his contract.

Hemsky should have been traded at the deadline in 2010 or at the very least 2011. I think that ship has now sailed.
I too think he will be an Oiler throughout this season and they will likely get a return of 0 since he will likely walk as an UFA. I believe MacT has stated there likely won't be any market for him until during or after training camp/pre season. The only way I see this happening is if a skilled winger goes down long term during a pre-season game or in training camp which opens up a market for him.

That said, seeing how Hemsky is in a contract year, he'll be playing balls to the wall this season to earn that next contract. Which in a sense would or could be a good thing for the Oilers be it for being in playoff contention or trading him for a reasonable asset at the deadline to help with a playoff all depends on him, hopefully he can stay healthy this season.

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