According to Craig Custance, ESPN Insider, the Edmonton Oilers are again ramping up trade discussions surrounding forward Ales Hemsky. Custance suggests that Hemsky is now the odd man out when looking at the Oilers top-six forwards thanks to the David Perron deal that was made earlier this week. Not exactly new news.
The return for Hemsky according to Custance would likely be “an asset to replace the draft pick” that Edmonton sent to St. Louis along with Magnus Paajarvi.
To read Custance’s report on Hemsky isn’t surprising especially when you recall what Craig MacTavish told the media earlier this spring. While he didn’t come right out and admit it, reading between the lines it was clear that Hemsky didn’t fit into this hockey club’s future plans. The trade chatter slowed to a dull roar shortly after the press conference and while it did pick up around the draft, it is only now again picking up steam.
The problem now is finding a suitable trade partner that is willing to absorb the $5 million still owed to the flashy forward while being able to pry an asset type player; either in the form of a second round draft pick or roster player that could play the third line.
A specific trade partner hasn’t been named but fans on Twitter suggest that the New Jersey Devils would be the ideal team to discuss a deal with. Earlier today we asked you the readers if you thought Hemsky would be traded. At the time of this article being written an overwhelming 84% of the 95 voters feel that Edmonton will trade number 83.
Now all we have to do is wait for the deal to go down. More on this as it develops.
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