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Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:46 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 7:52 pm
 
HemskyBy: Adam Gretz

Another potential trade target was pretty much removed from the market on Friday evening as the Edmonton Oilers announced that forward Ales Hemsky has signed a two-year, $10 million extension.

(And yes, that is the exact same term that had been rumored earlier in the day on Friday, prompting a since-deleted comment from the Oilers' main rivals, the Calgary Flames, in a since-deleted Tweet mocking that price.)

Hemsky was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if the two sides did not agree to a new deal, and when combined with Edmonton's current place in the standings it made his name a popular one when it came to trade speculation ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

He's an extremely gifted playmaker and has been a productive player for the Oilers over the years when he's been in the lineup, averaging close to a point-per-game throughout his career. The problem he's consistently run into in recent seasons has been a seemingly never-ending run of injuries that have robbed him of quite a few games over the years.

Entering this season, he had appeared in just 279 of a possible 410 regular season games for the Oilers going back to the start of the 2006-07 season.

He's appeared in 47 games this season for the Oilers and has scored five goals and recorded 21 assists. He's never been a huge goal-scorer, but is a skilled passer and set-up man and has been one of the few bright spots in the Edmonton lineup over the years.

Now that he's signed for the next two years it helps keep together what is now a pretty promising young core of forwards to go with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

Also at Eye On Hockey

The Flames Twitter feed finds Hemsky contract talks amusing

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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:20 am
 

Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

The Oilers did decide to get rid of the losing culture when they blew up the team in 2010.  A lot of veterans were let go, team doctors, training staff, and coaching staff.....

The wanted to keep Hensky arouond because they don't believe he fits into that idea of a losing attitude. 

When healthy, the guy is nearly a point per game player.  One of the top ppg players in teh NHL since the lock out. 

Injuries have been a big concern, but I think the hope here is that the surgeries have finally fixed the problem.  Maybe, not, but that's why it's a short term deal.  The Oilers have the cap space to burn, so sometimes you can afford to take a risk.

Plus, looking at the Ruutu, Connoly, deals being handed out, and the expected free agent market this summer, they didn't think they'd be able to get a better player for the same money.

So the other option is to rely on more yooung players to fill in, which they already have plenty of up front.

People who look at teh games missed call him soft, but I've watched him for years and although he is small, he has always been willing to take a hit to make a play.  Look at some of the hits regher had laid on the guy over the years and most "soft" players would avoid going into the corner, but Hemmer always goes hard and is willing to pay a price. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

This contract is not going to help them.   With all the kids, they have enough undersized, non-physical playmakers.   

He's been a part of anything bad in Edmonton since 2006.    They need to erase the losing culture in that franchise. 

Bob, I know what you're saying and in a lot of ways I agree with you.  But here's the thing, aside from the draft where else are the Oilers going to get a guy with the offensive talent Hemsky has when he's healthy?  An Edmonton radio guy on twitter brought up a great point when he said something like, "who else that averages .8 points per game in the NHL is going to sign with Edmonton for 2 years and 10 million dollars"? 

In my opinion the Oilers as a franchise have screwed themselves in a big way.  I believe they've run that franchise into the ground with stupid decisions.  They draft forward after forward, defensively aren't doing a thing and personally I don't think their goalies are the long term answer.  

The first year of Hemsky's deal doesn't hurt financially as much because the kids up front are still on their rookie deals. The second year gets trickier but maybe if Hemsky stays healthy and plays well they can dump him in year 2.  I think for now the Oilers weren't left with many options...

But once again... just my opinion.. and I'll be honest, this is one time it's like I'm on my own island with this opinion because not too many people agree with me. 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:04 am
 

Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

This contract is not going to help them.   With all the kids, they have enough undersized, non-physical playmakers.  

He's been a part of anything bad in Edmonton since 2006.    They need to erase the losing culture in that franchise.  






Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

Where is CBS?????? Are these cheap azz adds from china good to go????? Or is this just a cheap link sight???????????



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:41 pm
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Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:26 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Ales Hemsky signs 2-year extension with Oilers

On the positive side in Hemsky's last 4 seasons prior to this one has been very close to a point a game player which is very good in today's NHL, excellent actually.  The problem is he's missed something like 125 games during that time period so his numbers at the end of the season don't look as good as they should.  This season he's been a little healthier then normal but hasn't been good, then again he's only 28 years old so he still could be in his prime for a while.

As for the Flames cracking twitter jokes, If I was them I'd worry a little more about some of the players they've signed in the past.  I think they paid Matt Stajan something like 14 million dollars over 4 years and boy has he been awesome.  Something like 11 goals in 140 plus games in Calgary with around 50 points during that time.

I'll take Hemsky playing with concussions and groin injuries for 5 million before Stajan. 


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