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11-01-2013, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Tedi View Post
Depends how desperate the Oilers mgmt. is to win right now. If the Oilers continue to suck ass, you can bet they will trim some salary (ie. Hemsky) and prepare for next season plum full of offseason hype. The fans are frustrated and desperate, I'm not so sure anyone in the Oilers brass is though. One could argue that the team really isn't playing with a lot of desperation either.
Yup, and if you look at the Sabres, they had to retain some of Vanek's ticket to trade him. I imagine a similar scenario with Hemsky.

Hemsky and a 4th rounder somewhere for a 2nd rounder and mediocre forward/ prospect. Jim O'Brien?

Oilers retain 1.5M of Hemsky's remaining salary. They still clear about 2.25M assuming he is just replaced by a scrub in the lineup - that's smart money management. They'd be wise to arrange a similar move with N. Schultz to move his contract out and maybe save 1.5M and call up Fedun or Klefbom. Why bother waiting until the deadline?

I bet Ottawa would be interested in this sort of a trade for Hemsky.

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