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Hemsky -> Roadrunners/Europe ?

View Poll Results: Should Hemsky Play in Europe or in AHL (E-Town)
play against other NHLers and higher calibre skill in Europe 9 32.14%
play near and dear to the Oilers Organization, to let them groom him more effectively 19 67.86%
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08-26-2004, 09:24 PM
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Hemsky -> Roadrunners/Europe ?

When theres no NHL season, Stoll will likely be playing for the Runners, Hemsky as well is available to join the Runners, however he will likely be playing pro in Europe instead. What do you think would be better for Hemsky, and what do you think would be better for the Oilers. Why?

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If the AHL 50-game rule is how I think it's going to be, but Stoll & Hemsky would be ineligable to play for the Roadrunners next year. I believe how it works is that players who played 50 games in the AHL last year will be the only players eligable to play in the AHL for 2004/05. The reasoning behind this I suppose was to prevent NHL players en masse exodusing to the AHL and taking a lot of AHL players' jobs.

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If the AHL 50-game rule is how I think it's going to be, but Stoll & Hemsky would be ineligable to play for the Roadrunners next year. I believe how it works is that players who played 50 games in the AHL last year will be the only players eligable to play in the AHL for 2004/05. The reasoning behind this I suppose was to prevent NHL players en masse exodusing to the AHL and taking a lot of AHL players' jobs.
According to what I read today from HF... (link pasted below) Thats incorrect. Stoll and Hemsky are eligible.


More interesting is the recent revelation that, unlike in 1994, there is no prerequisite for players to play in the AHL this year during an NHL stoppage. It was expected that players who played at least 50 games in the AHL would be the only ones allowed, outside of newly graduated players, to play in the league this year but that is not the case and in fact, it will be waivers only that separates NHL vets from playing.



“The NHL teams can send down anybody they want but they have to clear waivers,” Howson outlined. “(Jarret) Stoll does not have to clear waivers but we haven’t made that decision yet (to send him or not). (Ales) Hemsky could play in the minor league but those are our only two guys who do not have to clear waivers. We could send Jason Smith down but he’d have to clear waivers and you’d have to pay him his one-way contract.”



With Hemsky already set to play in Europe during a lockout, Stoll is the only Oiler from last year who might return to the farm team this year. Not Marc-Andre Bergeron, nor Alexei Semenov.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...readed&order=0

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Good find, man. Thanks for that.

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IMO the extraleague would be better for him. I think with his skill set -playing against notably lesser opponents would only allow him to continue his bad habits.

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IMO the extraleague would be better for him. I think with his skill set -playing against notably lesser opponents would only allow him to continue his bad habits.
So you think him playing overseas, on a bigger ice surface and against less physical opponents is the way for him to go?

The AHL is either the 2nd or 3rd best league in the world... add to the fact that the ice and game is similar to the NHL, and there is no doubt the AHL would be more beneficial to him.

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As with all things it seems these days, it will come down to $. Can Hemmer make more cash in Europe this year or in the AHL?

You won't see him as a Road Runner.

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As with all things it seems these days, it will come down to $. Can Hemmer make more cash in Europe this year or in the AHL?

You won't see him as a Road Runner.
Yeah, that is the obvious conclusion to be made... theres a abit of confusion attached though. Would any NHL Player under an NHL contract (beit 1-way or 2-way) be willing/allowed to play under their Franchise during a lockout? Would the NHLPA appreciate a guy like Hemsky/Stoll playing within the Oilers organization? WOuld they internally veto the players decision to report to the AHL?

Or is there some understanding/rule/precedence that Im missing?

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