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Hemsky Re-Ups : 2 Years $5M/yr

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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Ducksworth's avatar

You were right Lisa lol Didn’t think the Oilers would resign him but if he can perform up to his potential and stay healthy the next two years then this could be a good deal. Not really surprised with the amount after what Rutuu brought in.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 02/25/12 at 02:09 AM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

No, I’m not surprised either with the number either. At least by the time this deal runs out those dollars shouldn’t affect re-signing the “kids.” I am shocked that Hemsky didn’t go for the longer deal on the free agent market.

Hopefully this deal works out for the Oilers. Or else there is always rumours of Hemsky to Detroit for next year right?

Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/25/12 at 03:24 AM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

haha of course! Now a wait and see about Ryan Smyth, not expecting him to get traded unless there is a mutual agreement where he returns to Edmonton in the off-season. Should be an interesting next few days!

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 02/25/12 at 03:38 AM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

Word is that there is a deal on the table for Smyth as of tonight. I was wrong this time, but I really don’t think Smyth wants to go anywhere else, not even just for the playoffs.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/25/12 at 03:40 AM ET


I am shocked that Hemsky didn’t go for the longer deal on the free agent market.

Two things.  One, he’s publicly said that he wants to stay in Edmonton and two, I don’t think there’s a longer deal on the market.  He’s still young, but when was the last time he played a full season?  His idea about getting a long term deal was complete delusion.  If he were traded to a contender and played well he might get a two year deal, but if he didn’t play up to expectations or got an injury he probably wouldn’t find anything more than a one-year deal, to see if he can play a full year without injury before anyone would give him a chance to sign a longer term deal.  And frankly, I don’t see him getting that much per year on the free agent market either.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/12 at 12:58 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

I suppose, it’s just that we’ve seen some GMs make some crazy deals under pressure at trade deadline day and just before the draft.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/25/12 at 03:24 PM ET


I’m actually more surprised that Edmonton offered him that deal than I am that he accepted it.

He would’ve been a pretty good commodity on Monday and could’ve netted a pretty decent return, and if he really wanted to play in Edmonton he could’ve theoretically re-signed with them after looking at different offers on July 1st.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/12 at 08:48 PM ET

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