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Report: Rangers, Kings in running for Ales Hemsky

Feb 23, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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According to CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio, a Western Conference scout says Edmonton might have not one, but two potential trading partners for Ales Hemsky.

It’s believed the New York Rangers and L.A. Kings are in the mix for the playmaking winger. Given that both teams have been linked to the Rick Nash sweepstakes (L.A.’s also dabbled in the Jeff Carter lottery), the rumors make sense. Hemsky’s a more affordable offensive injection than Nash or Carter, though obviously a less dynamic one.

It’s easy to overlook because he injures his shoulder every third week but, when healthy, Hemsky has been close to a point-a-game performer since the lockout. One of his finest seasons came during Edmonton’s Stanley Cup run of 2005-06 (77 points in 81 regular season games; 17 in 24 playoff games) and he had 42 points in 47 games last year before — surprise! — undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Hemsky has gotten lost in the shuffle this season with the Oilers offense focusing mostly on Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner. That said, he does have nine points in his last 11 games.

The 28-year-old Czech is in the final year of a deal that pays $4.1 million annually and, perhaps most importantly, doesn’t have a no-trade clause.

  1. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    hemsky sucks good for these 2 loser teams trying to get him

    • stakex - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Loser teams eh? Since when does being the top team in a conference by 7 points, and having the highest points-per-game average in the NHL makes you a loser? All teams in the league must want to be losers just like the Rangers right now I guess.

  2. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    pittsburgh exposed the rangers on tuesday. they are an overated team that wont make it far in the playoffs

  3. firemarshal1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    It’s a long season, don’t judge a couple games. You sound like a Ranger hater.

  4. sk1rmish - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    An overrated team? Lol the rangers have played solid since its 3-3-2 start. They can’t win every game you dumbass. Mentally and physically they get tired and need to regroup. I’m not saying the rangers are going to win it all, but you can’t say they don’t have talent. If you do, your an ignorant idiot. Look at the numbers

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