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It Appears Hemsky Wants A Long-Term Deal

from the CP at TSN,

It makes sense to Ales Hemsky.

If the veteran forward is going to stay with the Edmonton Oilers rather than test the free-agent market this summer, it would have to be on a long-term contract.

The question is, will it make sense for the Oilers?

If not, Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini could look at trading Hemsky by the Feb. 27 trade deadline rather than risk losing him for nothing when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Expect an answer in the next 14 days.

“I think it’s important for everybody,” Hemsky said when asked if a long-term deal is important to him. “It’s your life. The security you can have signing a long-term deal, that’s probably the best option you can do.

“I’ve been here for a long time, for 10 years and worked hard to become a free agent.”


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Primis's avatar

To be blunt, why would EDM give Hemsky a long-term deal?  He’s kinda’ a perennial underachiever, and he only seems to get hurt more and more as years pass on…

If EDM is serious about trying to build a GOOD team, they trade him and get something back for him, or they sign him short-term (1 or 2 more years).  To sign him long-term would be an admittance that EDM has no plans to seriously build and ever be a contender.

Posted by Primis on 02/15/12 at 10:15 AM ET

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