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Online bookmaker: Detroit favored to land Hemsky in trade

Jan 17, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

Ales Hemsky AP

1. Ales Hemsky is a pending unrestricted free agent on an Edmonton team that’s fully stocked with young, offensively talented forwards that, like Hemsky, don’t offer much of a physical presence.

2. Save for a miracle, the Oilers won’t be making the playoffs.

Add the first part with the second part and Hemsky (4G, 12A, 31GP) is likely to be dealt prior to the NHL’s deadline on Feb. 27.

So intense is the trade speculation surrounding the 28-year-old Czech that online bookmaker Bovada has posted odds on which team he’ll be playing for in March.

Detroit Red Wings – 2/1

Dallas Stars – 3/1

Los Angeles Kings – 3/1

Edmonton Oilers – 13/2

Florida Panthers – 13/2

Buffalo Sabres –13/2

Field – 3/1

Thoughts:

—-Somewhat surprised the Wings are the 2/1 favorites, given they’ve got little problem scoring goals. But if Pierre LeBrun says they’re interested, they probably are.

—-Dallas and LA make sense as both could use more offense. Just depends if they’ve got anything to offer the Oilers.

—-I suppose Florida could be tempted to roll the dice in an attempt to make the playoffs, but not at a significant cost.

—-Can’t see Buffalo acquiring a rental player unless the Sabres get to unload some salary the other way.

—-No Pittsburgh?

  1. finfan88shark - Jan 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Hemsky would make a perfect fit in SJ, he is soft and always injured making him a perfect fit. And who knows Doug Wilson would probably trade away a top 6 player a prospect and a draft pick too.

  2. danphipps01 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Uh, “roll the dice in an attempt to make the playoffs?” Correct me if I’m wrong, but Florida’s still on top of the Southeast. They’re not going to stay there with the Capitals finally having figured their shit out, but at this rate, they’re in no matter what they do. They’re not worried about falling out of the playoff race.

    As far as Hemsky goes… man, why would Detroit want him when they’ve got the cap space to land a guy like Parise or Iginla? Hemsky’s small and skilled, like Parise, but also inconsistent as fuck. Iggy’s much stronger and tougher, which the Wings could stand to benefit from. The only argument one could make for Hemsky is that he’s younger and Detroit, being thoroughly full of greybeards, might value that over Iginla’s short-term superiority – but in that case, I’d sooner try to cash in big on Parise than a guy as dicey as Hemsky.

    Then again, Detroit has a way of making players produce spectacular numbers as soon as they throw on a Wings jersey, so maybe they know something I don’t.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Points-wise, Florida is only two clear of ninth place. Whomever loses the SE Div lead (be it the Panthers or Caps) is suddenly in a fight for a playoff spot.

  3. dreamzilla - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    as a true to the core oilers fan i like hemmer…but the fact is hes not going to resign with them so id look at our needs….defense id try to trade him for a puck moving d man or something along those lines …and then in the summer make a run for either weber or sullivan in nashville. oilers are set up front for now …fix the d line and goaltending ( someone say schnider from vancouver?) and this will be a playoff team next yr

  4. tonyseesred - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Panthers dont need hemsky. dont think they will push for that to happen what-so-ever. Oh, and they will def be beating out the Caps for the southeast title this year. the writing is on the wall and they are only getting healthier.

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