When I was young, a group called the 5 Man Electrical Band recorded a song called “Signs.” I loved it, sang it all the time (my favorite part–and I could mimic it very well–was the part where Les Emmerson went “ugh!”) and drove my parents crazy. “Long haired freaky people need not apply” was killer then and it’s killer now.
I think “Signs” are telling us that Ales Hemsky won’t be here a year from now and I feel another “ugh” coming on.
In Fluto Shinzawa’s latest column (always a great read) there’s a quote about the Bruins and David Krejci:
- The Bruins and David Krejci have initiated talks regarding a contract extension. If recent history is a benchmark, he should be signing a new deal before the start of the season. Last fall, the Bruins locked up Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron during camp
Certainly the Bruins are in a far different situation than the Oilers. Boston is coming off a Stanley win and are in a window that could last for several seasons. Hemsky has missed a lot of games due to injury that clouds his contract value (how much should he get? 5.5M? 5? 6?). There’s also the matter of Oiler kids who are going to be looking for big money over many years in summer 2013, making a long term deal with 83 even more difficult.
I think the signs show Hemsky will start the season as an Oiler, get every chance to post high boxcars and be sent away any time after November 15th. They might have traded him earlier but he’s been injured so much other teams probably want to see at least 10 games before making an offer.
I think the future at RW for the Oilers belongs to Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark and possibly Magnus Paajarvi.
I think Ales Hemsky’s Oiler career is in its final days. The signs tell us as much.