This is perfect. It is win-win for the oilers, no question.
Oilers get Hemsky at a reasonable price for 2 years. He can either
-re-establish his value as a trading chip perfectly in time for us to need big cap space. F
-Find his game and become a premier player for the oilers
-continue to suck (get injured) and cause the Oilers no more pain in 2 years.
Big gamble on his part btw but damn do I ever respect him for accepting his kind of deal.
This 50X over.
No fan now going forward should ever say that Hemsky doesn't give a crap or is all about the money because signing for a 2 year term to stay in Edmonton shows that he wants to be here and show that he can contribute at a high level again. It's a huge risk on his part because if his body falls apart this will likely be his last big dollar contract.
He could quite easily have walked away to free agency on July 1st and hit a jackpot contract for something in the $5 mill x 5yr range, but instead has chosen to stay in Edmonton.