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Hemsky is ‘off the market,’ says MacTavish

Sep 4, 2013, 11:49 AM 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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Ales Hemsky is “off the market,” according to Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish.

“We want (Ales) to come in and make an impression,” MacTavish said today. “We want him to play a prominent role.”

The above marks a change in direction when it comes to Hemsky and the Oilers. In June, MacTavish strongly suggested the 30-year-old, along with captain Shawn Horcoff, would be traded this offseason.

While Horcoff was indeed dealt (to Dallas), Hemsky remains. And so does his contract, with one year remaining on it and a cap hit of $5 million.

In 2013, Hemsky had 20 points in 38 games while averaging just 15:42 of ice time. Whether he sees more ice under new head coach Dallas Eakins remains to be seen; the Oilers will have no shortage of talented wingers competing for top-six minutes, including Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, David Perron, and Nail Yakupov.

Related: MacTavish ‘comfortable’ with Hemsky remaining an Oiler

  1. devilsarethebest - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Wow, never realized how deep this team is. I truly think this year is going to be huge for them.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      They are deep in terms of scoring wingers, but of that group Perron and Hall are the only guys with any jam in their game.

      Then there is their situation down the middle.. Gagner, Nugent-Hopkins, Gordon (who they are banking on becoming more than a fourth liner for the first time at age 30).. one injury and I guess it’ll be Anton Lander on one of the top three lines. Then there is their defense.. Nick Shultz, Andrew Ference and Ladislav Smid all inside the top four, that is not good news.

      Bottom line, these guys have some highly skilled forwards but beyond that they need at least four or five prospects to make huge strides if they are going to be a contender. Or they are going to have to finally deal one of their skilled forwards for some help (not Hemsky though, apparently).

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I think this decision has a lot to do with the lack of interest from other clubs. If a team came with an acceptable offer tomorrow I’m sure MacT would ship Hemsky out. The dudes been available for about 3 or 4 seasons. And he’s most likely in line for 3rd line minutes outside a deep top-6, which doesn’t bode well for his value. I think a team like Columbus would be the perfect fit. They could’ve picked him up easily for their third 1st at the draft.

  3. malvaren18 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    That is a dumb ass move, keeping that looser for another season he should trade him while he a chance

  4. bauxjangles - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    GM confirms bachelorette party set for this weekend

  5. colby7 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Hemsky was the one he should of traded to make an example, they really still needed Horcoff. Who can win a draw on that team?

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