BY JAY PARR-PEARSON – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
The rumour mill has been spitting out Ales Hemsky Trade Deadline Day rumours since this time last season, and it seems that it’s just a matter of time before he is no longer a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
Despite the uninspired play of Hemsky for much of this season there still seems to be a market for the enigmatic right winger.
Is Edmonton still a possible destination? Weighing against Ales Hemsky is his injury history, his inconsistent play, or his play that seemingly has lacked commitment, and his place on the team.
Some older rumours have Hemsky’s name linked in talks with Nashville and Los Angeles. Both teams could use a boost if Hemsky can regain top form. Other teams who could look to add him as depth at the deadline include the Rangers, Bruins, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Ottawa, and Washington. However, the latest rumours and speculation revolve around the Sharks and Red Wings.
The most likely destination in my opinion is California. With San Jose and Los Angeles in need of offence, can both be drawn into a bidding war? The Kings can’t afford to miss the playoffs and both are in a fight with each other for the division lead with the Sharks in the lead. Both teams could use the boost in offence.
Would the Oilers be able to pry young goalie Jonathan Bernier or promising young defenceman Slava Voynov from LA in addition to a first round pick? What would the Sharks part with in addition to a first round pick?
The Detroit Red Wings should also be considered as the third option. Could the Oilers get Petr Mrazek or Brendan Smith and a first round pick?
Let us know where you think Hemsky will end up and what your team would offer for him.
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