It’s been a busy spring/summer for rookie GM Craig MacTavish as he continues to re-shape the Edmonton Oilers in hopes of returning this proud franchise back to the promised land. A handful of free-agents were inked to go along side the trade that sent captain Shawn Horcoff to Dallas while acquiring David Perron from St. Loius. So is Craig MacTavish finished making moves this summer? Is he happy with the moves that he’s made and feels, that at least for now, he can watch the team progress while addressing any gaping holes later on in the season?
When directly asked about Ales Hemsky and whether or not he’d be traded, Mac-T politely steered the conversation in another direction by saying he prefers not to comment on speculation deals. He did offer some insight that resembled Shawn Horcoff in that both players have gone through a long period of losing, which can take it’s toll on a player’s spirit.
The Journal’s David Staples reiterates that it sounds as though MacTavish is trying to move Hemsky, but now he may be preparing to have to squeeze the flashy forward into the Oilers lineup. Of course a deal could go down any day, providing Mac-T gets the return he wants. Finding a GM that will take on his salary of $5 million is likely the bigger sticking point in getting a deal done so having number 83 on the opening night roster is a good possibility.
It’d be hard to fathom Hemsky on the Oilers third line, playing along side Boyd Gordon and maybe Jesse Joensuu. Suddenly the checking line has a puck handling wizard who doesn’t play the same game as his two line mates making it an odd combination.
Perhaps a deal will still come together surrounding Hemsky. Not to say another trade couldn’t be made involving a prospect or draft picks or even a defenseman, but right now dealing the long-time Oiler is the obvious one to make if MacTavish can pull the trigger. Then again, maybe he is content with the moves he’s made and is finished his summer portion of the changes that he promised.
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