Sledge Hemmer

Robin Brownlee has an article over at Oilers Nation tonight regarding Ales Hemsky and his future with the Edmonton Oilers. Brownlee discusses Jim Matheson’s EJ article from earlier today and I think we all remember Matheson suggesting Hemsky wasn’t going to be a long term Oiler earlier this spring (by that I mean after the current contract).

If the Oilers retain (and then re-sign) Hemsky it gives the team all kinds of opportunities. They can run a true top line (with a strong 2-way C like Horcoff and Penner on LW) against the toughest opposition or they can give Hemsky a soft line role (ala Selanne in Anaheim) possibly with one of the new kids (MPS, Seguin/Hall). If the Oilers are going to draft Seguin, having a true skill RW on his line would ease the transition in a big way.

The big item for me is that Ales Hemsky makes the Oilers watchable. Even though next season is going to be brutal, there’s not a hockey fan alive who isn’t entertained by the Pardubice Prince. If Brownlee’s article is true, this is a very good day to be an Oiler fan. MPS announces his arrival at the WHC’s and Hemsky’s exit interview indicates he’s going to stay.

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