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Trade: Ottawa acquires Hemsky from Edmonton

Mar 5, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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The Senators and Oilers have reached a deal, one that will send Ales Hemsky to Ottawa in exchange for a pair of draft picks, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Hemsky, 30, is a pending UFA with a $5 million cap hit. According to ESPN, the Oilers will retain half of his salary for the remainder of this season, while Ottawa will receive a third-rounder in 2014 and a fifth in 2015.

The skillful, playmaking winger has 26 points in 55 games this year, but has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons and is several years removed from his career-best 2007-08 campaign, in which he scored 20 goals and 71 points in 74 games.

In a telling twist, the Sens acquired Hemsky shortly after he scored two goals against them in Edmonton’s 3-2 win Tuesday night. It was one of Hemsky’s best performances of the year, and may have pushed Sens GM Bryan Murray to make the deal, especially since other suitors were believed to be in play (Sportsnet reports Phoenix also had interest in Hemsky.)

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Spezza will finally have someone to play with.

  2. sens101 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I dont like it. Trading two picks, for a guy who is a marginal top 6 thats always hurt and he’s a UFA. All while he greatly reduced the sens chances of making the playoffs last night.

  3. smarshall3789 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    It’s a steal I like this guy and I’m a wings fan! He’s very underrated he will help the sens out big time! He needed a change of scenery he will be a force again! With Spezza or Ryan they will be a force trust me!

  4. Tyler - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    He’s a skilled, European winger. That immediately eliminated any chances of him going to the Penguins. He’ll be a good fit alongside Spezza.

    • runhigh24 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      they did pick up Jussi Jokinen last year. although that was born out of desperation after Sid’s jaw was shattered.

  5. thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Am I reading the article wrong?

    “Hemsky, 30, is a pending UFA with a $5 million cap hit. According to ESPN, the Oilers will retain half of his salary for the remainder of this season, while Ottawa will receive a third-rounder in 2014 and a fifth in 2015.”

    Ottawa will receive picks?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Come on Mike, fix your mess!

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Haha. That reads like the Oilers gave up a roster player, two picks and will pay $2.5M to the Sens for… nothing.

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