Solid

Ales Hemsky is an all-world talent and is delivering another fine season. He’s become a very consistent player, both at EVs and on the PP. There’s no doubt he’s the man offensively for this team and Hemsky (along with his contract) are the best things about Edmonton this season and the years ahead.

Here are (courtesy Desjardins) his 5×5/60 numbers over the last three seasons:

  • 06-07 5×5 per 60m: 2.09
  • 07-08 5×5 per 60m: 2.36
  • 08-09 5×5 per 60m: 2.32

Here are his PP numbers:

  • 06-07 5×4 per 60m: 5.45
  • 07-08 5×4 per 60m: 5.93
  • 08-09 5×4 per 60m: 5.87

And finally his TOI totals at EVs:

  • 06-07: 12:33 per game
  • 07-08: 14:31 per game
  • 08-09: 14:05 per game

And on the powerplay:

  • 06-07: 4:18 per game
  • 07-08: 3:52 per game
  • 08-09: 4:31 per game

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  1. Matt N says:

    To my eye he has been a little bit streakier than last year. Scorching hot (just before all star break) to invisible (last couple).

  2. DBO says:

    I think Hemsky has become a true 1st line winger and superstar. i think that his inconsistency comes as much from his linemates and team as anything. The frustrating part to me is Mact’s changing of the PP again. i realize we’ve been struggling, but if someone who knows the numbers can check, how effective is it with penner on the 1st PP and how effective without him. Someone made the suggestion a few days ago to move gagner to the first with penner and hemsky, and have cole with Nilsson and Horcoff on the second. i actually like those PP units a lot, and in fact as much as i like horcoff, i like those 2 lines a lot. Becomes a litte more balanced, and you can play Horcoff’s line against their top line.

  3. Unleaded says:

    Well sure! Go ahead and start making line suggestions that would make sense. At least, they would if Penner had the jam to play with Hemsky… ;)

    This is on a related note, in terms of bargain contracts. Most people here can see that both Cogliano and Gagner have the potential to both be at least 2nd scoring line players. Cogliano spent the first half of the season with scoring players, and was on pace for a 50+ point season (this is based on memory, as I haven’t looked at the stats on this yet – if anyone knows them off hand, let me know).

    Since December(ish), he’s been playing with Moreau. His point production has tanked. Don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but having him not producing as well is certainly going to help ensure that the cap hit on his second contract is lower than it would be if he was still scoring.

    Assuming we still have both of them, if we can get both Cogs and Gagner signed for 3 M ea. or less for 3-4 years each, are they likely to be Hemsky-esque contracts value-wise?

  4. Backhand says:

    Those would be great contracts, but I don’t think you can try to tank someones season, especially with a year still left.

  5. Phil says:

    I’m glad to see his PP time go up. IIRC, his 5×4 per 60 last year was the best in the division, maybe in the conference, yet his PP time wasn’t near the top (I’m just going by memory here – I believe someone pointed that out on this very blog at the time).

    Another big thing for me is that his shots/game continues to go up – he’s at 2.84, up from 2.49 last year. And, amazingly enough, each year, as he takes more shots, his shooting percentage stays high. I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think that we could see him become a 30g-80a type player.

    But, and I know that this point/theory has been beaten to death, I think that his true potential (numbers-wise) won’t be realized unless he can get a true gun-slinger for a linemate.

    Cammalleri would be nice steal out from under Sutter. A little tit for tat for the Glencross deal.

  6. DBO says:

    phil: Cammelleri would be nice, but not at the $5 mil he will command. i’d sooner pay $7 mill for a 50 goal scorer (via trade or signing).

  7. godot10 says:

    Hemsky’s last remaining weakness is his unwillingless to attack the box from the half wall at least occassionally to force the defenders not to just defend the pass.

    When Visnovsky was on the power play, there was enough/more puck movement, and the passing lanes were more open for Hemsky. Without Visnovsky, the Oilers puck movement is worse, and Hemsky’s passing lanes have been sealed by the defenders. They would open with or without Visnovsky, if he would only attack the box sometimes.

  8. HBomb says:

    Without Visnovsky, the Oilers PP has consisted of “get the puck to Souray”. And it’s been all kinds of terrible to watch. Especially the 5-on-3′s.

    As for Hemsky, name the right-wingers in hockey today you’d rather have than this guy right now.

    Iginla. Hossa.

    Past that? Kane is pretty young, and Alfredsson’s getting up there in years. Gaborik and Havlat you could argue IF they were ever healthy.

    By my assessment, he’s a top 5 RW in the game today, and is arguably even top-three.

  9. Matt N says:

    @ godot10:

    The problem with the “attack the box” theory is this. When 10 is on the 1st PP unit, whether by preference or coaching, he likes to set up in the opposite circle to look for a one timer. With 27
    in front of the net it creates an inline situation

    …P…P
    ..X….X
    10……..83
    ..X.27..X
    …..G
    This allows the nearside defender to cheat up towards 83 and not allow him an attacking lane.

    I much prefer the triangle.

    ..P…..P
    ..X……X
    ………..83
    ..X.27…X
    ….G
    ……….10

    This forces the nearside defender down to cover the low man and opens up the middle lane for attacking/ passing. It leaves the weak side for a cutting/pinching defencemen. 89 tends to play down low like this on the second unit. I am not sure if this is coached or a players preference.

  10. Bruce says:

    i think that his inconsistency comes as much from his linemates and team as anything.

    Sorry, DBO, I’m not buying. Ales has lots of nights where he’s not feeling it, and to blame that on his teammates is a copout.

  11. Bruce says:

    I much prefer the triangle.

    ..P…..P
    ..X……X
    ………..83
    ..X.27…X
    ….G
    ……….10

    Me too. Last year when Horcoff was out 89 did play that down low spot with 83 and 27, and the PP has a consistent run of success down the stretch. That was mostly with Stoll and Pitkanen on the points, an area that has been upgraded this year, at least until Lubo went down. A key to making such a system work long term is a mobile blueliner who likes to sneak in the backdoor while 83-89 are handling the puck and 27 is creating the havoc in front. Sounds like Tom Gilbert to me.

  12. PDO says:

    I think we can all agree…

    Lets just get the man out of the corner on the 5v3′s, right?

  13. Coach pb9617 says:

    PDO – put him under the goal line where 99 used to roam on 5 v 3.

  14. HBomb says:

    Me too. Last year when Horcoff was out 89 did play that down low spot with 83 and 27, and the PP has a consistent run of success down the stretch. That was mostly with Stoll and Pitkanen on the points, an area that has been upgraded this year, at least until Lubo went down. A key to making such a system work long term is a mobile blueliner who likes to sneak in the backdoor while 83-89 are handling the puck and 27 is creating the havoc in front. Sounds like Tom Gilbert to me.

    Same damn “overload” system that worked very well in March/April 2006. Hemsky on the half-wall, Samsonov down low, Smyth in front, Pronger on the left point, and Spacek sneaking in the far side.

  15. knighttown says:

    To my eye he has been a little bit streakier than last year. Scorching hot (just before all star break) to invisible (last couple).

    Your eye is wrong. THN just did a funky stat that showed which players had at least a point in a game the most times (as a percent). Ales Hemsky was Top 5. Where he suffers, and the reason he is not a Top 10 scorer outside of injury, is he isn’t even Top 25 for most multi-point games.

    So, by the stats, Ales Hemsky is consistant, not streaky. Some might use the word solid, eh, LT?

  16. Coach pb9617 says:

    Your eye is wrong. THN just did a funky stat that showed which players had at least a point in a game the most times (as a percent). Ales Hemsky was Top 5. Where he suffers, and the reason he is not a Top 10 scorer outside of injury, is he isn’t even Top 25 for most multi-point games.

    Horpensky has a new name:

    The new GAG line.

  17. Bruce says:

    Threadjack: Rangers fire Tom Renney and assistant Parry Pearn. John Tortorella and Jim Schoenfeld rumoured as next head man.

  18. bookie says:

    Without Visnovsky, the Oilers PP has consisted of “get the puck to Souray”. And it’s been all kinds of terrible to watch. Especially the 5-on-3′s.

    You forgot about “Look for the pass to Horcoff”. I have NEVER seen such an undynamic power play, EVER. It is so bad that its just so bad. Wow.

    Maybe they should try something new like moving around. I have always found that one of the benefits of skates is that you are able to glide around and turn and things like that. It could be useful to move around on a Power Play.

    Another thing is to pass the puck from one player to another fairly quickly. Instead of each player holding it for 5 seconds and then passing it. In theory, this would make it harder for the other team.

    Hemsky is great, but streaky. Then again, if anyone can name a consistent Oiler, I beg of you to do it (Maybe players like Macintire are consistant?). I wonder what it is about this team that makes players so Jeckll and Hyde like? MacT? or Genetics?

  19. Matt N says:

    @ Knighttown:

    Link??

    Very interesting about multipoint games. Possibly because the Oil tend to be on the wrong side of blow out games. They don’t seem to go off for 7 very often.

  20. Doogie2K says:

    I’m glad to see his PP time go up. IIRC, his 5×4 per 60 last year was the best in the division, maybe in the conference, yet his PP time wasn’t near the top (I’m just going by memory here – I believe someone pointed that out on this very blog at the time).

    You would be correct. In fact, it was the highest in the League amongst players not named Alexei Kovalev.

  21. Mr DeBakey says:

    Rangers fire Tom Renney and assistant Parry Pearn.

    Cue the complainers:
    “The Ranger fans get to talk about a new coach; I think we should get the same opportunity!”

  22. Coach pb9617 says:

    From the Sun:

    PISANI WAITS FOR A BREAK – After thinking he was a game away from returning to the lineup, only to be delayed by a final X-ray, and delayed again by a CT-scan, Fernando Pisani is a few days away from going stir crazy.

    “When you get excited and mentally prepared to play and you don’t get the green light from the docs it’s tough to swallow,” he said. “But at the same time they’re looking out for my best interests; they feel it’s best that I don’t play right now.

    “I was surprised by it, I felt comfortable, I felt good on the ice. I did a little bit of contact, not very much, but the little that I did I didn’t feel any tweaks or pains. I was confident I would be playing.”

  23. Alice says:

    There's a couple of notions recently floated that seem to conflate the roles of MacT and management. Not to be completely naive about it, but MacT is at least half on the Meat side of the payroll~

    1. Re Cogliano
    >>>His point production has tanked. Don't know if it's intentional or not, but having him not producing as well is certainly going to help ensure that the cap hit on his second contract is lower
    <<<
    The point here being the coach – who is paid to generate W's – is going to tilt the table against himself and a player so that Someone Else has an easier re-up negotiation? How many coaches are going to go along with that – and what kind of manager would even suggest it? Unless you're the Coach And GM, this seems a non-starter.

    2. The GM/Coach are going to save their jobs by making the run, it's MacT's team, this is his Waterloo and [the vets] are staying.

    I don't buy it. Tambellini is what, 7 months in? – he's not fearing for his job. And Lowe going upstairs puts just enough distance there that MacT and whatever else can be blown up without Steve having to apologize to anyone – they weren't his hires in the first place. The circle-the-wagons doesn't make any sense for him, if he's got the nuts for the job. I'd say he could set all of Staois, Moreau and MacT free, and still get Katz a couple of playoff gates. And prepare himself for next year, when He's going start to wear the responsibility for the make-up of the team.

    Oh, and Penner wouldn't be so fat if Coach wasn't slipping him the Cheese Soup…
    [yes, tried it, thanks! Don't think mine tasted Quite as good as yours Sounded, but I certainly will take another run at it]

  24. Coach pb9617 says:

    Oh, and Penner wouldn’t be so fat if Coach wasn’t slipping him the Cheese Soup…
    [yes, tried it, thanks! Don't think mine tasted Quite as good as yours Sounded, but I certainly will take another run at it]

    The depth of flavor is derived from the roux. The roux has to be the color of Mocha or you get a cheesy, dairy soup, not a savory soup.

  25. Alice says:

    And I’m not really suggesting that he is or should be blowing up MacT and/or a bunch of vets, just saying that he and MacT do not share some single viewpoint, and it’s not remotely in Tambellini’s interest or responsibility to save MacT’s job for him.

  26. hunter1909 says:

    Nice to know Oilers have got 1 player who’s good enough for the opposition to worry about.

    He’s no superstar, unless there are a dozen of them in hockey, and he’s no way in the same universe as Ovechkin to merit that status by any sane rationale.

    Don’t worry, Hemsky will be incredible by the end of his contract, the one that Oilers won’t be able to afford since ‘The Captain” and others have ensured a good 10+ million handicap with the dead duck weighted overpayments by Oilers very own Irish Leprachaun Kevin Lowe.

    Kevin Lowe, who obviously has zero clue to the value of money in NHL contract factoring.

    Renny gone MacTavish needs his agent over to MSG, or the Bahamas, or wherever Glen Sather is enjoying royal treatment at the behest of eminent NY magnate Mister James Dolan, to hammer out the fine details for when the Stanley Cup Finals Coach arrives.

    ps: Hi Alice.

  27. Alice says:

    You’re right – my roux turned out like crap. My wife says I should have added a little milk to it. Next time I will consult La Varenne and get it right :-)
    Hey, it was still pretty good!

  28. Alice says:

    @Hunter
    ps: Hi Alice.

    What’s up – now You’re hungry too?

  29. DBO says:

    look slik torterrella will take over in NY. TSn is reporting they are asking permission from tampa (who still technically employ him) to sign him. Going from good players coach to ass kicker.

  30. hunter1909 says:

    Still, it’s great to know how the champions from the dynasty times are in charge of running this team.

    Wayne Gretzky, Glen Sather, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, John Muckler, Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford, along with Kevin Lowe all provide the team with the best possible advice on just how to get back that cup.

    Alice is a dude, right?

  31. Coach pb9617 says:

    All the young girls love him.

  32. Alice says:

    Hunter Dude, that is correct.
    Alice became a nickname in two completely different places, so I’ve no choice but to embrace my inner Alice-ness.

    Coach: If the young girls in question are my Peewee squad, I’d say they’re about 50/50 split. It would help if I knew a damn thing about Hockey, and hadn’t lost the room. Again.

  33. knighttown says:

    Alice is a dude, right?

    It’s pronounced Alex. Al-LEX. Just ask fucking Mark Lee.

  34. knighttown says:

    @ Matt N.

    Link??

    I couldn't find it on THN's web page but on p.46 of the "Trade" issue you'll see two interesting charts.

    Consistency (games w > or = 1 pt as a %)

    1. Semin-85.3%
    2. Malkin-79.2%
    3. Datsyuk-76.0%
    4. Getzlaf-73.6%
    5. Hemsky-72.5%

    Multi-point games

    1. Malkin 23
    2. Crosby 21
    3. Ovechkin 20
    4. Thornton 19
    not in Top 25…Hemsky.

  35. knighttown says:

    Hey, you know what’s neat? Just looked at the scoring race and 4 of the Top 14 were drafted in a cluster between 11 and 24 in 2003 draft. Those are Ryan Getzlaf, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and some guy named Zorg Parise. A team could set itself up for a decade like with talent that deep. We must have got a beauty did we?

    …that didn’t further the discussion much did it. I’m sorry LT, I’ll go sit in the corner

  36. Dennis says:

    On the number for 13′s next contract:

    I’m not sure it’s of benefit to spend any time driving down his value because there’s only so many years left of 83 being cheap so it’s all counter-productive in the end.

    I will agree it’s a lost year for him and if you were to say the ’09 season will go by the boards because of the development of 13-89, I really couldn’t disagree with you. I like what 89′s line does in terms of scoring chances but there’s only so much 10′s line can so so it’s really up to 89 to do more with the soft min afforded him and he clearly isn’t. Then with 13 he’s being asked to be a top nine pivot and he can’t do that and he’s being asked to prop up scrubs or kids and he can’t do that either.

    And neither of those approaches are working; to note, the same can also be said of 26 as scoring winger or 26 on the left side etc etc.

    Speaking of things that don’t make sense or work, 10 on the PP needs to be shelved. I love what he brings at EV and on the PK but if you told me macT loves him to the point where he’s giving him min that would be better served to 89, I couldn’t argue with that either.

  37. hunter1909 says:

    knighttown: I don’t know if I can say this for any of the other posters of this blog, but we’re starting to get just a little tired of your “Leprachaun” Kevin Lowe bashing.

    Okay, so we traded away Parise, and got Smid for Pronger, but Marc Pouliot was SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN by this organisation because to paraphrase Mister Lowe, “Marc was playing on the worst team in the league, and we loved the way he never quit trying.”

    Cue drum roll.

  38. Unleaded says:

    So, if I may sum up here:

    Hemsky = Money
    Hemsky’s Contract = Great Value

    If the Oilers as an Organization do not win a cup before that contract expires, you fire the GM, right? Because you have to figure that realistically, he’s a 6-7M player, and with those savings there, if you can’t get enought quality together with that much of an advantage over the rest of the league… You really don’t deserve to be running a team, do you?

    My thinking here is really simple. We establish that having that Hemsky contract really is the boon we thought it could be before the contracts exploded in 06′-07′. If managemnet cannot win with that kind of advantage, over the course of the contract, management is incompetant. Especially considering the (realistically) above average drafting the Oilers have received. So by establishing this kind of standard now, we will be able to try to enforce it if there is the continuing Mediocrity we all fear may be the Oilers future with its current managment group.

  39. knighttown says:

    Yeah Dennis, I agree, especially on the PP time for 10. And there’s no shame in 10 playing 2nd PP. Very few centers play huge EV minutes, first (and thrid) PK and first PP and since there are other options as outlined in this thread, I scale him back to 40 seconds per power play.

    On Cole/Gagner, one of the biggest myths on the Oilogosphere is the rumoured chemistry between 89 and 26. It doesn’t exist. They played their way out of a funk together and now they’ve played their way back in.

    The better word (then chemistry) is synergy as defined as “things that are used together to a result greater than what one would expect from an additive relationship”. Smoking causes lung cancer. Asbestos inhalation causes lung cancer. The rates of cancer in patients who smoke and inhale asbestos is higher than is expected from adding the two rates together. Horpensky has synergy as has been discussed at length.

    I would also expect that if Bruce did an analysis, Brodziak and Stortini behave like smoking and asbestos.

    The lineup should always read:

    Horcoff-Penner-Hemsky
    xxx-xxx-xxx
    xxx-xxx-xxx
    Brodziak-xxx-Stortini

    where x equals anything but Ethan Moreau. And go from there.

  40. quain says:

    not in Top 25…Hemsky.

    Well, being injured for ten games will do that.

  41. quain says:

    Per Jason ‘Journalistic Standards Only Exist When I’m Making Fun of Teh Bloggers’ Gregor:

    Denis Grebeshkov has resumed skating and it looks like he might return within a week, so that should allow Tambellini to focus on what they really need: scoring.

    Whatever the hell Stortini and Grebeshkov put into their bodies needs to be adopted by Chad Moreau.

  42. Phil says:

    @hunter: Don’t worry, Hemsky will be incredible by the end of his contract, the one that Oilers won’t be able to afford since ‘The Captain” and others have ensured a good 10+ million handicap with the dead duck weighted overpayments by Oilers very own Irish Leprachaun Kevin Lowe.

    Kevin Lowe, who obviously has zero clue to the value of money in NHL contract factoring.

    All the bad contracts will be up either before or at the same time as Hemsky. The only three signed longer are Horcoff, Gilbert, an Vish, all of which are at least reasonable bets to still be making hay in ’12-’13. But you knew this, right? You’re just making sure we all know where you stand on the management situation, right?

    @DBO phil: Cammelleri would be nice, but not at the $5 mil he will command. i’d sooner pay $7 mill for a 50 goal scorer (via trade or signing).

    Totally agree. BUT – a legit 50 goal scorer is not coming to Edmonton as a free agent for $7M in our lifetime. Maybe for $10M+, and that’s only if no other team in the league has the cap space to offer him $7M. The overpay that would be needed would be so horrendous, that we’d talk of little else for the length of the contract.

    And how often are 50 goal scorers traded, when they are still capable of scoring 50? Of the players currently ‘on the block’, maybe Vinny is available, but who else? Iggy? Nash? OV? What would need to go the other way? I bet the only name that even starts that conversation is Hemsky.

    If a Cammellari type gets you 30 to 35 at $5M, that’s better than player X getting you 45 to 50 at $10M, I say.

  43. knighttown says:

    @Unleaded: Re salary cap

    I agree in principle but I’m not sure this hard cap is actually that hard to navigate. We are always talk about cap space being a must and that teams that are up against the cap are going to have to do some crazy things OR ELSE. But really, has anything ever really happened? The only time an actual trade for cap space has happened was when Lamoriello traded Malakhov and a first rounder for some scrubs (Jim Fahey +). That one first rounder was BY FAR the most valuable asset ever given away for cap room. We see it in basketball…trades for expiring contracts etc. but it hasn’t hit in the NHL yet.

    Of course, the obvious answer to this is “wait until the 2010 cap comes out” and at that point we’ll see. I remember before all the off season signings I thought the Oilers (or the Kings more realistically) should offer a 7th rounder to Chicago for Khabibulin and a 1st rounder but no one did, and the Hawks still feel content to pay for two #1 goalies. You’ve got to think a trade like above and then another similar trade in reverse for a Chris Drury or Scott Gomez would be better than there current situation.

  44. DBO says:

    Phil: Agree on the need for an overpay if it’s a 50 goal guy. Kovalchuk may be avaiable, but it’ll take a good bit. I think you can get hossa for $ 8 mill per year for 8 years. my worry on Cammelleri is that he’s inconsistent and small. yeah he can score in the right situation, but i just think there is no way he lives up to a $5 mill deal. I’d rather spend the money elsewhere.

  45. knighttown says:

    not in Top 25…Hemsky.

    Well, being injured for ten games will do that.

    When those stats were done 83 had 10 multipoint game in 40GP. Extrapolating at 1MPG/4GP has he played the 50 games that most of these guys had played would bring him to 12.5. Dustin Brown is 24th with 14 MPG, so Hemsky would be around 30th maybe? Top 5 in consistency and not Top 25 in MPG.

    Anyway, the point is, describing Ales Hemsky as “solid” is accurate and “streaky” is erroneous.

  46. hunter1909 says:

    Phil: “Holds hands up”.

    Sometimes you start a post with all the best intentions, then.

    I blame listening to 80s rock. Ratt, for example.

  47. reijo29 says:

    Quick Thought on Hemmer and his contract.
    At what point do we need to sign him to a large extension or completely rip up his current deal for a new LT deal at market value?

    I think if we do nothing and try to extend him before or during the ’11-12 season (last of his deal) we lose him for sure, especially if we stay in the cycle of not truly competing for the division or conference title.

  48. knighttown says:

    @Reijo

    Schitzo would know for sure but I don’t think you can sign a new contract until the final year of the old one.

  49. Doogie2K says:

    Whatever the hell Stortini and Grebeshkov put into their bodies needs to be adopted by Chad Moreau.

    Mutant healing factor? Adamantium?

  50. Bruce says:

    Isn’t it you can’t re-up until after January 1 of the last season of the current deal?

  51. Coach pb9617 says:

    Buying, selling and clearing cap space all in one this year.

    Buying: Walz, Dman, Dman, 2nd round pick, Lashoff, 3rd round pick, 3rd round pick.

    Selling: Cole, Staios, Moreau, Schremp, Deslauriers, 3rd round pick, 2nd round pick, 2nd round pick

    Keeping: Roloson

    Clearing: 8.7 million in cap space

    Trade Cole for Lashoff and a 2nd

    Trade Staios for a 3rd

    Trade Moreau for a 3rd

    Trade Schremp + 3rd for Reasoner

    Trade 2nd for Zanon

    Trade 2nd for Havelid

    Trade JDD for a 5th

    Call up Sabourin

    Horcoff-Penner-Hemsky
    Reddox-Reasoner-Pisani
    Cogliano-Gagner-Nilsson
    Jacques-Brodziak-Stortini

    Souray-Gilbert
    Grebeshkov-Zanon
    Havelid-Smid

    Roloson
    Sabourin

    Plenty of space in the offseason, sign Roloson, Labarbera, Tanguay/Cammy, up Grebs, Brodziak.

    Horcoff-Penner-Hemsky
    Cammy/Nilsson-Gagner-Nilsson/Tanguay
    Cogliano-Walz-Pisani
    Reddox-Brodizak-Stortini

    Souray-Gilbert
    Grebeshkov-Vishnovsky
    Peckham-Smid

    Roloson
    Labarbera

    The following year you sell off Souray to stock the system and get Pisani to take a significant cut and use their 6 to do Gagner, Cogliano and have some left for Hemsky. The year after you sell off Vishnovsky if any kids are ready and extend Hemsky, bring in a veteran D with the leftover You’ve got Lashoff, Petry, Wild and Chorney in the system and you hope one turns into a top 6 guy.

  52. HBomb says:

    Isn’t it you can’t re-up until after January 1 of the last season of the current deal?

    This is correct only for one year deals. If a player signs a one-year contract, he cannot be extended until after January 1st.

    For all multi-year deals, the player can sign an extension anytime in the final “calendar year” of the contract (example: if Hemsky is due for UFA status on July 1, 2012, the Oilers can sign him to an extension as early as July 1, 2011).

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