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Edmonton’s Hemsky likely done for year

Apr 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after scoring on goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks to end the game during the shootout in NHL action on January 20, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Oilers defeated the Canucks 3-2
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The Edmonton Oilers have announced that forward Ales Hemsky is unlikely to return to action this season.

Hemsky, 29, was playing with a broken bone in his foot when the Oilers decided to temporarily shut him down in mid-April.

After the club was officially eliminated from the playoffs last night (and with just four games left in the regular season), head coach Ralph Krueger said it was “not planned” for Hemsky to return.

Hemsky signed a two-year, $10 million deal at the end of last season, one that will keep him in Edmonton through the 2013-14 campaign.

That said, it’ll be interesting to see what his future has in store.

The Oilers sounded like a team looking to make a move last week when GM Steve Tambellini was replaced by Craig MacTavish, saying they were prepared to do “bold things” to improve.

As such, Hemsky has been tagged as possible trade bait.

The Czech winger has a ton of skill and can be an effective scorer when healthy. He’s missed 114 games over the last four seasons but racked up 120 points in the 176 games he did play.

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  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I know Hemsky is very talented but I found it kind of curious that he got a $5 million cap hit after putting up just 36 points in 69 games. Then followed it up with 20 in 38 this year. He’s been pretty close to a point per game player in the past but recent production (and injury history) would make me hesitant to pay him. Guess Tambellini was paying for potential, one reason why he’s not in charge anymore.

  2. rsl22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I’m no Oilers fan, but with just one more year on his contract, he should be trade bait.

    Between Hemsky, their inevitable high pick, and probably Paajarvi, they should really look into trading for defenders.

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