Stock photo of Hemsky getting hurt for the umpteenth time
For those of you that missed the game tonight, Hemsky left midway through the game with what looked to be a concussion.
Buzz around the internet is that it might not have been one that was suffered tonight. Principe first tweeted this:
“Latest on Hemsky concussion may not have happened tonight..tried talking to him Sunday he didn’t feel well.so this could go back game or two.”
Dan Tencer also jumped on the story with: “Renney says Hemsky Continue reading 'Hemsky leaves game against Wild early with concussion'»
Kings interested in Hemsky trade.. are we?
I generally take most rumors with a grain of salt, but I figured I’d mention it here since there is some downtime before the next game. The Fourth Period is reporting that the Kings have shown interest in the Oilers. So… should the Oilers really be interested in moving Hemsky? For me, I’d say it would have to take something quite good in return, especially if the Kings are involved.
On the bad side of things, trading a guy like Hemsky within the conference could be risky. Thankfully we only face the Kings four times per year, however. But I think everyone remembers the pain of trading Pronger within the conference. He’s also easily the best player on the team at the moment. He has a great contract ($4.1M cap hit, expires at the end of next year).
On the good side, he’s one of our more marketable assets, which means he could fetch us a good player. That contract is quite low for a player that is nearly a point-per-game player on a basement dweller. He’s also been fairly injury prone the past few years, so moving him might help in having a body in the lineup that can stay in the lineup.
WHO SHOULD WE TARGET?
So if we’re trading with the Kings, who do we trade for? Well, the obvious one would be Continue reading 'Kings interested in Hemsky – 4th Period'»
I predict 734 points for Hall this year, with 602 of those being goals..
With the Khabibulin case casting a huge shadow over all things Oilers, it’s good to hear some positivity out there, and this positivity comes from none other than Ales Hemsky. But he also has a bit of a word of caution as well for fans.
Jim Matheson writes of Ales Hemsky quelling unreachable expectations by fans for the young players on this team. “Everybody is expecting they (the rookies) are going to light it up, but they don’t have to be perfect,” said Hemsky. “People expect 80 or 90 points, but it’s not easy in this league. People have to realize that. They will be good. Looking back, I don’t think I was ready when I was 19 or 20, physically or mentally, but everybody is different.”
I agree with Hemsky on this, and I’ve been saying it all along. Very few players Continue reading 'Hemsky speaks on reasonable expectations for the rookies..'»
Our worst fears have come to pass. Reports are that Ales Hemsky has asked for a trade. Sadly, he’s not denying it: “I’ve really enjoyed my time as an Oiler, but really the team is going in a different direction than I am. This is a young team with a lot of talent. In a few years they will be contenders and very successful, but I have to look at what I can do for a team right now. This move should open up the doors for some of the new players such as Eberle and the guy (the Oilers) draft this year.”
Jordan Eberle has been recalled by the Oilers. He will play in Friday’s game. If you’re a fan of Jordan Eberle, get excited, Pierre McGuire.
The NHL’s board of Governors are currently in talks about re-doing the draft process. Suggestions are being made that the Oilers threw the season in order to land the #1 or #2 pick, and that the lottery does not prevent teams from tanking the season. Word is that the format could change as early as this years draft. The suggested format being reviewed is a random draw for each 1-14 spot for all non-playoff teams.
Taylor Hall was recently interviewed about the possibility of playing for the Oilers this year and has stated that he will not be signing with the Oilers if they are the team that wins the Hall sweepstakes. More sad news for the city!
Dany Heatley has finally accepted the original trade to the Edmonton Oilers and will be leaving the Sharks tonight to come here. The trade with the Sharks and Senators will be undone, and Cogliano, Penner and Smid will all head to San Jose.
That is all.
UPDATE: for those unaware, this of course was an April Fool’s joke
Hemsky - Injured on a Handzus hit from behind - will require season-ending surgery
So, with Hemsky out, the Oilers faced the number 1 San Jose Sharks and came out ok, losing 5-4 in the shootout. All things considered, that’s pretty damn good. They got there on great games by Potulny, Brule, Cogliano, Penner and a few others.
So that said, do the Oilers have it in them to be competitive? They will need some guys to step up to do so… will it be Potulny and Brule? Or will it be someone else? Should Tambellini go out and sign some help? He has stated already that he’s going to wait and see for now how these guys can handle things (how many times have we heard that line?). Gotta give him one thing.. he’s a patient GM.
Weigh in, in the comments.