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.
yeah, even in the worst-case scenario, we trade him in 2 years from now or just let him go to UFA... there is no cap-implications with this deal for us, and the term/money isn't crazy enough to deter other teams from wanting him if we need to trade him... i honestly don't see the down-side at all in this one
Yeah, like I said in other threads I'm good with a two year deal. I've had as many doubts as anybody re: Hemsky's health but the more bangs he takes and the shoulders still looking good kind of increased my faith in his health a bit.
He's good offensive depth when healthy and the kind of player people would be thrilled to attract here if he was a free agent from elsewhere.
Instead he's from our own backyard adn of course we should retain when we can.
A good move by the club. You need vets in the lineup that con contribute. 2 yrs is perfect, revisit it at that point.
This is a very good contract. It makes all kinds of sense on multiple levels. First, the term is long enough to let Hemsky find a place amongst the group of young forwards like Hall and Eberle. Second, the cap hit is low enough that it should not impede the Oilers going forward. Third, He'll still be young enough at the end that a four year contract at the end of it would not be unreasonable. Fourth, if he is not in the long-term plans (say, if they keep Omark and he shows himself to be a 60 point player), it gives him a chance to rebound and re-establish his value for a future trade. Fifth, this team has way more scoring depth with a player like Hemsky available for the top two lines than running with a group of youngsters and a few players who should be playing more of a depth role at this stage of their career (Horcoff, Belanger, Smyth).
As for those saying the cap hit is too high... the cap was at 44 million during the 2006-2007 off-season. Even assuming the cap stays the same this off-season (it will probably rise a little, at least), by my calculation, if Hemsky were to sign for the same cap hit, proportional to the salary cap, as he did in the 2006-2007 off-season, it would be worth 5.99 million.
He's essentially taken a haircut for a short-term contract.
Anyone who argues that this is too much money is not being realistic about the economics under the current CBA.
Listening to Tambo speak I find it interesting that Tambo said "I know our players will be very happy, and maybe that's the most important thing". Personally I think the dressing room made it known that they wanted Ales signed... I think for once the Oiler's really are a "team"... I know that's one of the MAJOR changes Ive noticed this season.
If I had to guess... Until the last 24 hours, I'd say the Oilers management was probably 95% certain to trade Hemsky away for whatever the best offer they could get before the deadline.
Then the "pressure" from seeing his teammates speak out and wanting him to stay pushed them to put this 2 year deal on the table. My guess is that before that, management probably had an obligatory "lowball" 1 year deal on the table that Hemsky would be certain to turn down.
I agree, this is a "team deal" and Hemsky and his teammates made this possible by showing they wanted to be a part of what this team is building into. I think this shows the chemistry and bonding is growing on the team... a good omen for the future.
Last edited by nexttothemoon: 02-24-2012 at 08:15 PM.