-Hemsky may return and nothing wrong with having him on the 3rd line and on the PP with the ability to play in the top 6 due to injury.
Hemmer is a guy who has demonstrated ability to play hard minutes. Problem is, if you are sticking him with Gordon and Jones, you're basically forcing him to become a defensive specialist. If you can't get a good return for Hemsky, you're better off finding someone else to play 3C (coughGrabovskicough) and rolling with three scoring lines and having a real defensive 4th line.
I don't think Perron and Yak on the same line is a good idea defensively in both the offensive and defensive zones. When the puck gets rung around the boards in either zone, assuming they are facing the play they both have to pick it up either on the backhand (which is more difficult and potentially exposes them to hits from behind on the boards) or by pressing up on the boards and using their body/feet to stop the puck. Too many things can go wrong with possession and control IMO
Konopka and Steckel are one trick ponies. They win faceoffs. That's it.
Lander can do everything else, although he will never chip in all that much offensively. Who knows though, he had a great run with OKC at the end of their season so it may be coming around. Ideally he doesn't come in as the 4th C yet, but I wouldnt be surprised if the Oilers think he's a better all around hockey player than Steckel/Konopka
Sure he does, and he's made it clear(publicly I might add) that being a 3rd line winger with checking line ice time is worst case scenario for him.
As for Horcoff, he was moved primarily because he got used to losing, which was more than reflective in his apathetic, half-assed play on the ice.
Funny how fandom creates blinders for some people when it comes to players they have fond memories of.
He's a top-6 RW. Damned right being a 3RW checker is a worst case scenario for him. That's not sulking, that's clear to anyone who knows anything about him.
Horcoff needs a fresh start, which probably includes a move slightly away from crap linemates and a lifetime of starting inside his own zone. He showed a lot of professionalism in putting up with completely inept management for so long. Guys like Souray could only stomach one year.
I don't have any investment in all in either player. Too old and raised on championship teams in the 80s to bother pumping up any player on any team nowadays. I'll mention this: Every player gives it his all whenever he can. Teams fail because they're built wrong, managed wrong, coached wrong. But singling out players for blame when you don't know the facts is usually a futile, uneducated exercise.