Sometimes, when someone asks you about a possible trade by Detroit, I hear you mention Hemsky and I want to know why? I don't see him fitting anywhere on the offense! He is not good enough to be in the top six, our checking line is great, so, where? Third line? Then who's the odd man out and why? The only player on the Wings I'm not thrilled about is Ericsson on defense, and that's where Sutter will hopefully come in.
All I can tell you is that the Wings have scouted him closely. A Wings source confirmed to me he is on their radar. Doesn't mean they'll actually go through with it _ especially not if Edmonton asks for too much _ but Hemsky is of interest to Detroit
every contender with a bit Cap Space should consider him...
Honestly he isn't that costly in terms of cap 4.1 which is 1.5ish come trade deadline. I think the other thing to take note of is that Edmonton probably would take a guy with some money left this year in order to maximize their return on Hemsky.
The league would have to make a rule to prevent Hemsky and Datsyuk from being on the ice together. Unfair amounts of dirty mittens.
Im not a Hemsky fan but Detroit is a good fit for him. On the PP with Datsyuk would really help Detroit's PP. There's just too much risk giving up large assets. 2nd round pick and maybe a mid grade prospect. If the price is higher they need to make sure that price is paid for a player who brings more to the table.
If that's the asking price, Detroit doesn't even consider making that move. Detroit only has 4 dmen signed for next season and Smith has been groomed by Detroit to come in if they lose any of their top 6. Besides, Hemsky hasn't made himself an overly valuable commodity.
If the GM feels your close to the cup and gets him and you win it all, does it matter? What do you want more? The Cup, or a prospect and pick? I know what I'd choose.
I think our chances of winning it all are the same with or without him. He's not an impact player anymore and we have passers out the wazoo anyway. He would not play in our top 6.
Plus, if we give up somebody like Brendan Smith, we lessen our chances of winning the cup in future years. Or even with a pick, our scouts are red hot right now and I don't want to give them less to work with.
With Detroit's luck, they'd get Hemsky for scraps and he'd have a monstrous second half and playoffs, resulting in a 2012-13 regular season of the following: 80 GP, 24G, 57A, 81PTS. Typical Red Wings amirite?