With the unexpected news that New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk suddenly announced his retirement broke Thursday, the Twitter wire blew up. Plenty of reaction and shock was evident across the hockey world and leave it to Oilers fans to figure out a way that this move from the Eastern Conference could somehow help our beloved Edmonton Oilers.
he Devils suddenly find themselves down a bonified goal scorer by losing Kovalchuk and while some believe his move to the KHL could be related to the Devils financial uncertainty, they will need someone to try and slide into their top six forwards. Enter Ales Hemsky.
It’s no secret that GM Craig MacTavish is eagerly trying to deal the right winger and his lack of goal production saddled with his $5 million dollar salary, it’s becoming increasingly difficult.
New Jersey may not be in any position to take on Hemsky’s salary but there is no denying the fact that they could use his skill set. Hemsky’s trade value may have increased with Kovalchuk’s retirement, then again, if Mac-T hasn’t found a trade partner as of yet, then maybe there isn’t much of a market for him.
It’d be surprising to learn that MacTavish was asking for a large return for the 29-year old so if he could somehow finagle a third line grinder from the Devils, it may be something New Jersey would consider.
There are other options besides New Jersey, they just happen to be at the top of the list when it comes to sudden panic and in need of a talented right winger. I’m not saying Hemsky will replace Kovalchuk in any way shape or form, the talent levels are not even close to comparing. But number 83 would help stabilize their second line after losing a legitimate threat to score 50-goals every single year.
We’ll likely learn more in the coming days as to why Kovalchuk bolted for his homeland, but for now plenty of speculation will float around on who the Devils will look to acquire to ensure they have plenty of talent on their roster. Ales Hemsky would do just that so let’s hope that Mac-T’s phone starts ringing and it’s a New Jersey area code.
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