Darren Dreger’s line about a “roster player” has been rolling around in my mind all day. It’s an extremely vague statement and you could reasonably apply it to about 30 guys per team. However, the truth is that there are very few “roster players” available at this time of year, and of the group available a minute portion might be considered close to value for 83 at the deadline.
Most of us believe Ales Hemsky will be in another town playing for another team this time next week. The idea that the Oilers can throw a Hail Mary and connect in the endzone is fun, but history tells us it is unlikely. The “roster players” that might be available at the deadline are names like Cory Emmerton or Justin Abdelkader.
These are all guys with easy zone starts and offense that can be replaced in the summer. I don’t follow Detroit like some do, so maybe there’s a hidden gem in there or maybe the Wings are willing to trade young defender Brendan Smith with their latest blueline acquisition.Detroit traded their 1st rd pick in 2012 but this year’s draft is weak and the Oilers need more immediate help.
Who knows, Brendan Smith might shake loose with the Quincey acquisition, or maybe Nashville and Blum are the answer (although I’d argue not full value for a guy who can instantly improve the offense 5×5). I think Tambellini should starting thinking about an option that keeps Hemsky after the deadline with the idea of signing him after the season and before July 1.
Hemsky has not delivered an enormous offensive season and that has hurt the Oilers position–witness the “roster player” being too dear. Having said that, there’s no reason to accept 10 cents on the dollar for Hemsky and crown the Red Wings at the same time. Steve Yzerman already did a good job of that earlier in the week.