Poor choice of wording for the thread title I think. Deliberately one would assume.
If Hemsky does get moved, I'm going to miss him. He's not the player he was, but he was a heck of a player for a long time. Best offensive player we had for about 6 years.
The thing for me is he might actually be better than most give him credit for. Lockout he goes out and produces at 1.18 PPG and .52GPG. Yes some will say it was only the Czech league, but the last time around he's numbers were no where near that in the lockout. Yet that very next season he had his best year as an NHLer.
Now I'm not suggesting that Hemsky is due to breakout and have a career year, but I sure as hell wouldn't be shocked to see him get 60+ points next year.
Always nice to have offensive depth. Gagner is the one who should be moved. I have no problems playing Hemsky in the role he is now. The problem is does he like his role?
That's the problem, I doubt he wants to stick around being a 3rd liner. It was bad enough last time we re-signed him in how his role had diminished. I just don't see a soon to be 31 year old sticking around any more to play a 3rd line role. It's not like we could say play third line and then run the 2nd PP, because that doesn't even seem likely anymore.
I will always respect Hemsky and the time he put in here with Edmonton. If we can resign the guy at a decent contract, why not? He provides good depth and experience, and has always been a class act as this vid shows. He doesn't knock anyone and would just prefer to play.
If he leaves us within the week, I will wish him the best and say my thanks for the years of service.
At the time 5mill per year for Hemsky didn't seem that bad to me. We have all seen what he can do.
He is not the same guy anymore. I still think he is a very good player and he will go down as my personal favorite Oiler for at least half a decade.
-He plays tough but still isn't great in the corners.
-Isn't a big hitter.
-Much better back checking but still not his calling card.
-No longer has the ability to drive the play for a full game or a even better yet a full season. aka, he disappears.
He is not a top line player anymore. If he had better supporting cast he would be a good #2 RW.
I think he has been a nice depth scoring forward for us but really doesn't fit anywhere or have any solid chemistry with anyone. When he scores its usually a great individual effort.
He needs to move on for himself.
We need to get someone in that can play a heavier role in our top 9.
Oh and 5 mill is way too much for his role on this team... or any other as he currently plays.