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Talking Ales Hemsky

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Journal reporter Jim Matheson has been around Oilers ace Ales Hemsky, 26, since Hemsky broke into the NHL at age 19.

Now, with two years to go on his $4 million a year deal, Hemsky has been mentioned (by fans and bloggers at least) in trade talks and management hasn’t exactly been bursting with superlatives in terms of his play.

But what does Hemsky think? Matheson, a Hockey Hall-of-Fame reporter, provided a few major clues in a candid live chat talk he and Dan Barnes did with fans today.

Here are some of Matheson’s entries:

* “Hemsky will be going in two years when he’s unrestricted free-agent. Bet on it.”

* “I say they give Hemmer one more year then they will look around. They would have to trade him to a team that wants to re-sign him and keep him around to get full-value for such a young forward.”

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