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Oilers Need A Healthy Hemsky

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers hope with his sinus infection clearing, Ales Hemsky will come out of the fog he’s seemingly been in so far this season.

The Oilers winger skated with the club on Wednesday prior to departing for Minnesota, where they’ll take on the Wild Thursday.

Hemsky sat out the last two games with an infection that had his head spinning. It’s not sure whether he’ll be ready to play against the Wild.

“I’m not 100%, there are still some symptoms that I don’t like,” Hemsky said. “I feel better in practice, it’s coming.

“With the infection in my sinuses I was losing my balance and I wasn’t seeing straight sometimes. I went out to skate in Vancouver and I really couldn’t see when I was on the ice, it’s not really pleasant.”

A stronger prescription has helped Hemsky battle the virus, and perhaps it’ll kill whatever else has been ailing the talented winger.


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DocF's avatar

Geez, this is the guy who some Red Wings fans want to add toughness, grit and scoring to the team.  He is out with a snotty nose?  Aww, the poor baby.

The guy has shown a great deal of ability to be on IR throughout his career.  He also is a long term under achiever. 

I they could get him for what he is worth, a fourth round draft choice, it might make sense.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/29/11 at 03:26 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

There speaks a person who has never had a sinus infection so bad that if anyone brushed against your head accidentally your first impulse would be to use whatever was in your hand at the time to smash them across the bridge of the nose so they would have a comparable pain to what they just caused you.

A sinus infection (especially with any inner ear involvement and the associated dizziness) is not the same thing as a “snotty nose.”

The Edmonton media always helps the team grease the skids for the next player they want to dump in favor of younger and cheaper. If embryos could skate, the Oilers would trade their flashy youngsters for three of them each and use it to justify pushing back the rebuild date a few more years (until they get a new rink, at least).

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 12/29/11 at 04:05 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Regarding my point about the Edmonton media, this is a pretty good summary of what goes on. http://www.coppernblue.com/2011/12/29/2667527/ales-hemsky-ryan-whitney-and-preferential-media-treatment

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 12/29/11 at 04:44 PM ET

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