by Lisa Brown on 02/24/12 at 10:15 PM ET
In an interesting turn of events, winger Ales Hemsky has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers on a short term deal. Hemsky elected not to take his chances with free agency and possibly big money at a 5 to 6 year deal. Possibly this is because he truly does believe in what is happening in Edmonton, or possibly because he wasn’t completely convinced that he would end up with the deal that he wanted with a team that he wanted to be on.
Hemsky’s health is and will be the real question. While the Oilers need secondary scoring,Hemsky hasn’t exactly been racking them up, and he hasn’t played a full season yet. When you look at this $5M deal that will last two years, you could almost call it a one year $10M deal. BUT, the Oilers do need an offensive winger, especially one with the talents of Hemsky.
Ultimately, this deal is alright. It keeps a winger with the team that has suffered through the lows and losses perhaps more than anyone. Hemsky has had shoulder injury after shoulder injury because so many nights he was the most exciting player on the ice, and he didn’t shy away from the dirty areas of the ice.
This deal will give Hemsky a chance to play with the most skilled Oilers team he has seen, and with the talents of the younger players, he will have less pressure playing on the second line, and with players who in theory will help protect Hemsky from the hard hitters in the league.
There will still be complaints with this deal, but over the dollars and not the term. The team may very well have tried to get Hemsky to sign for less, but recent signings are an indication of what Hemsky could get; the Oilers made out well.
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