Pierre Lebrun suggests Ales Hemsky is among the forwards available for trade at the deadline. Lebrun offers Nashville and Detroit as possible destinations, and both teams are aggressive. I wonder what the Oilers might expect in return?
Unlike the Penner return (Teubert, 1st) and certainly like the Smyth return (Nilsson, O’Marra and a 1st) the return for Ales 83 is unlikely to be “multiple assets” at the deadline. The Oilers are going to get offered a partridge in a pear tree. Hemsky’s injury history and the fact that he is UFA suggests two items:
- a solid young player/prospect who can help now and
- a conditional draft pick
Nashville finds defensemen in the trash out beyond the Ryman auditorium, and this Josi fellow might make someone like Jonathon Blum expendable. Detroit is extremely unlikely to part with Brendan Smith so maybe they’ll offer a better pick.
Bottom line: Steve Tambellini needs a bidding war and badly needs Ales Hemsky to show up in the boxscores.