An oft-injured, 5 goal scorer? Not trying to troll here, but I wouldn't even sign Hemsky at all if he were available.
5 goal scorer? That's like saying Ovechkin is a 25 goal scorer? It's ONE bad season. He had 42 points in 47 games last year. He just had major Shoulder surgery. Give him a break. Sure, he's not playing like a 5-mil guy, but the Oilers love him and are willing to take a chance. In 47 game, 26 points is beyond terrible either.
It's the old gambit of paying more for a shorter term or less for long term. In the NHL these days it is not huge sin in overpaying a guy for a short term deal if you make a mistake. A long term deal is a whole other matter.
Of course i wouldn't put it past the Oilers to make an offer they know is going to be rejected to cover their ***** with the fans.
Gaborik had chronic injury problems. Did you whine about the contract the Rangers gave him?
It's a risk teams take to sign players with the skill level Hemsky has. You're kidding yourself if think Hemsky wouldn't get close to $5M on the open market. Look at what other players in the league have gotten.
I have no idea what the bolded part is trying to say.
Hemsky is not gaborik, Hemsky will never be Gaborik, They are not compatible because the skill level is not remotely the same.
I am done debating this, Enjoy Hemsky, I give it 2 months into next year, before the oilers management will regret this deal.
I don't mind this at all. Hemsky and Hall have been looking really good together lately. I'd like to keep that going so RNH can pair back up with Eberle.
It's funny how concerned Vancouver fans are about the 29th place team in the league.