Ales Hemsky’s situation today is very similar to Ryan Smyth’s Feb 2007. The Oilers and their star player are apparently in last ditch efforts to find a contract that’s fair to both sides but running against the clock. I’m familiar with this situation, because I have two teenagers who cram for tests and put off doing book reports until there’s no time to think. Not the best way to get things done, but the absence of alternatives clears the mind.
Twitter was alive (alive!) with Hemsky stuff last night, which is kind of funny considering he was persona non grata not too long ago in this town.
- Darren Dreger: Don’t rule out the Oilers making one more push to re-sign him. 2-years, $10 million (5 per year) might keep Hemsky an Oiler, might not. Options are being considered.
- Aaron Portzline: Told Oilers might have interest in D Marc Methot, even though he’s done for the season with a broken jaw. Signed through 14-15 @3M per.
- Bob McKenzie: Further to Darren Dreger’s tweet on EDM try to sign Hemsky, postgame buzz tonite was GM Tambellini in dressing room area to meet with Hemsky.
Oh, those Oilers. We’re arguing over having enough money to sign Hemsky but acquiring a 5-6D at 3 large a throw is a priority. Anyway, the Hemsky news is most encouraging and the Methot news suggests there may be a defenseman heading out of town at the deadline or over the summer. As it stands, the Oilers have 5 signed defenders and 2 rfa’s:
- Tom Gilbert
- Ladislav Smid
- Ryan Whitney
- Jeff Petry (rfa)
- Andy Sutton
- Corey Potter
- Theo Peckham (rfa)
Maybe we’ll see a Peckham for Methot trade.
Maybe the fanbase is pushing the Oilers toward doing the right thing and they’ll sign Hemsky. Maybe the Oilers learned a lesson from the Smyth fiasco 2007 Feb and don’t want this to happen again.
Maybe we’re dreaming.
Either way, it was a nice win last night and the team is close to last year’s win total. Maybe this isn’t a false spring, maybe Hemsky gets signed and Petry’s turned that corner and Whitney is healthy enough to resemble the original instead of the television show.
Maybe our long nightmare is over.