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Could Hemsky fit in Ottawa?

Jul 28, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

Ales Hemsky AP

It seems like Ales Hemsky has been dangled in trade rumors forever in Edmonton. Now that he’s got one year left in his contract (with a $5 million cap hit) and the Oilers have less than $2 million in cap space, it seems he’s more popular than ever with rumormongers.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal spitballed a few ideas for teams who might be interested in the 29 year-old winger and thinks Ottawa makes the most sense.

The Ottawa Senators would seem the most likely to reach out to MacTavish on Hemsky  because they lost right-winger/captain,soul of the franchise Daniel Alfredsson to Detroit when free-agency opened. They also traded Swede Jakob Silfverberg to get Bobby Ryan from Anaheim and might move him to right side from his usual left. After Ryan it’s third-liner Chris Neil, Eric Condra and J. Pageau, and they do have more than $11 million in cap room. But, maybe Sens’ owner Eugene Melnyk wants to save money not spend more.

Intriguing thought here and Matheson says Colin Greening is a guy who could go back to Edmonton in return. After all, the Oilers could use a guy with some grit.

There’s that money issue, however, and if that is a problem for the Sens, that makes it a little trickier as Hemsky is owed $5.5 million this season. If the Oilers want to free up their cap worries, Ottawa’s cash worries (if they exist) would be a big sticking point.

Related: MacTavish ‘comfortable’ with Hemsky remaining an Oiler

  1. dumbassgreg - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    lmao guess now that a real oiler mctavish is in charge the deadmonton media can go back their preferred style of reporting. anything mctavish,lowe ,sather do is always a steal of a trade or signing. any player leaving oilers immediately becomes a stiff and player coming is future all star just waiting to happen.lmao.oilers fans do love to drink the koolaid no questions asked. lol hemsky is a less talented kovalev. they would be fools to take him unless edmonton wants to pay most of his salary.

    has counted started yet for blaming dallas eakins if oilers get off to another bad start. it will not be mctavish or lowe’s lmao

  2. wingz101 - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Isn’t Hemsky a RH shot like Ryan? Aren’t top 3 centers Spezza, Zibanejad and Turris RH shots? Center 4-5-6 (Smith, Pageau, O’Brien)? All RH shots.

    What was one of the reasons that Alfredsson said made him go to Detroit? Answer … all the centers are LH shots. he said it would help his offense tremendously.

    Hemsky is not a fit in Ottawa, even just based on their needs up front.

    The Sens are CHOKE FULL of RH shooting centers and wingers. They need some LH shots if just to get a few one-timers going.

    To top it off Tough guy loving GM Brian Murray is going to trade 6’3 210lbs net crashing Colin Greening for a 5.5mil/year fluffy pillow? Hilarious.

    Look. EDM is screwed here. Some team MIGHT take Hemsky, but it will be for someone just as dubious or for a 5-6 d-man or 4th line (i.e. cheap) grinding winger.

    The saddest part is the Oil never learns. They just gave way too much to Gagner and a NTC apparently, when in fact they should have been shopping him for additional D, a physical winger or a goalie.

  3. capsfan14 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Caps could need a guy with his skill set. Put him on the third line with Johansson/Laich and Joel Ward and you’ve got yourself one of the more complete third lines in hockey.

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