This is my favorite Hemsky photo. Ales passing the puck into the net (the most 83 goal in history!) with Dink Regehr a day late and a dollar short. In my memory banks, the file with “Hemsky” is a little torn from use and won’t leave the rotation when he’s gone. Sometimes a player brings so much joy during his time with your team he reaches great levels, and Hemmer is one.
The trade freeze ends at midnight, and I wonder if the Oilers trade Hemmer right away. He showed well at the Olympics (despite coaching from the dark ages) and I would think a team like Detroit might come calling soon. Do you deal him now? John Shannon is connected, so that’s an interesting comment. Mark Spizzirri also comments on the Hemsky-to-Detroit possibility and as he says in the article Holland is known to buy low on good quality.
I don’t know how many of these guys are injured, but do know a lot of them are old. Joakim Andersson would be an interesting acquisition, don’t think the Red Wings would send him away. Abdelkader is picking up some heavier work, I always thought he might be a player Edmonton could grab in a deal. They could deal Hemsky for picks but one suspects a breathing NHL player is the preferred method of payment.
I still think they should sign him. Hemsky at $3.5M times two seasons can be good value—throw him on a line with Boyd Gordon and Daniel Winnik next season and results should be good. Right? And stop worrying about Yakupov. He’s a top 6 winger through 2025 and beyond, but there may be times when the team runs Hemsky ahead of him.
Sign the man.