The Oilers are virtually certain to trade Ales Hemsky by the trade deadline according to the credible in the know types that I listen to. I’m doing a project on Taylor Hall right now and this little scene flitted across my screen.
Heckuva play to get the puck out of trouble and going the right way. To my eye, the Oilers need more guys like this, not fewer of them. I’m going to write about Hemsky at some length as the trade deadline gets closer but the short version is that pretty much all that I can see different with him over the past three years as opposed to prior to the Injury Plague is that his on-ice S% is off. At least some of that can probably be attributed to linemates – Boyd Gordon is not going to score a lot of goals. Neither is Ryan Smyth at this point in his career.
I hope that the Oilers have a) made a determination as to why his on-ice shooting percentage is down and b) that they’re correct in concluding that it’s age and miles. My default position is that I suspect that a canny team can get more out of him than the Oilers have over the past few years. If I’m right and Hemsky goes for a couple of wishes and a dream (and assuming he’d be amenable to re-signing at a reasonable figure), it’s going to be a Very Tambellini move.Email Tyler Dellow at firstname.lastname@example.org