I usually wait for Matty’s ‘Hemsky’s days are numbered’ article but it seems things may be reaching a fever pitch at the deadline over our man Ales. Longtime readers of this blog will know 83 was the crown prince around here long before the Kings and Jacks arrived via the #1 overall selection.
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 13-14
Hemsky is playing tough opponents and his zone starts are in the ‘more severe’ zone although well shy of Smyth and several miles from Gordon. Hemsky is inside the ‘shutdown’ quadrant, making Eakins the first coach since MacTavish to use 83 in what we might call a pure tough minutes role. And he’s damn close to even on the Corgi’s. Hemsky’s role is changing (he’s not the offensive player of 05-06) and he looks to be good at it.
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 12-13
This was a tough year for Hemsky, a large bubble in a bad color, and of course many were all over him. Later, it was revealed that 83 had been playing on a broken foot, and believe it or not that seems to have changed the verbal about him in many circles. I also think it helps that Eakins has been so public in his support, and I’d never count Hemsky off this team as long as Kevin Lowe is around (meddling!).
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 11-12
This is a nice blue bubble in the two-way zone, Hemsky playing tough opponents and coming out alright. I wonder what Hemsky’s story would have been if they’d traded him in the summer of 2008, say to Detroit. He’s been injured, but he’s splendid. A wonderful player, his fame curtailed by playing in the Hinterland where wins go to die.
ALES HEMSKY EXTRA SKATER
He’s looking like a 40 point two-way third line winger now, I think that has value—especially on a team that doesn’t have a plethora of actual NHL players. What would Bill Torrey do? Sign the man!
Say what you want about fussy britches, she guided me through July 1, 2011 with tweets that announced signings and trades about half an hour before they happened—she got one wrong, tweeting the Oil had signed Zenon Konopka (and they didn’t). I still have the post in my “article drafts” pile though, just in case!
Anyway, hope she’s right about a Hemsky extension. I think this is going to be as close as the torpedo in The Hunt for Red October, though.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Busy day on the LDTWL and there’s some fluidity to the guests. So it’s ‘like a box of chocolates’ day but scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. We’ll talk Ben Scrivens, Olympic readiness, and Chris Farley figure skating that still makes a grown man weep.
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings pbp. They’re on a run and have a busy weekend, we’ll tee it up with Corey.
- Jason Strudwick had a brilliant interview with Laddy Smid last night, we’ll play back a portion.
- FC Edmonton will pop in for a conversation about getting ready for the season.
- Jungle Jim Hunter talks about the social aspect of the Olypmics (athletes village).
Plus we’ll have a bunch of Super Bowl talk as we head toward the big game. Who are you picking? I have no idea. The best football news I’ve received in several months is Dressler leaving the CFL!