With the NHL trade deadline less than 24 hours away, it is sounding more and more like the Edmonton Oilers will not be making any big moves. One of the top rumors surrounding the team in the past few weeks has been the possibility of winger Ales Hemsky being shipped out of town. Now, it appears Hemsky will be with the team the rest of the season as the Oilers continue to push for a playoff spot.
The Boston Bruins were rumored to be interested in Hemsky, but their trade with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday to acquire Jaromir Jagr would eliminate their need for him. On top of that, the Edmonton Journal reported that Hemsky has been dealing with an undisclosed injury. If that is indeed true, it would make trading him virtually impossible as he would be unlikely to pass a physical. The Oilers have not made any information about the injury public, but whatever it is has not kept him out of the lineup in the past week.
Hemsky’s ice time has dropped off recently, and he has one goal and two points in the Oilers’ last five games. He has nine goals and 19 points on the season while playing on a line with Sam Gagner and Magnus Paajarvi. In a ten-year career (all with the Oilers), Hemsky has scored 133 goals and collected 450 points while playing in almost 600 games.
The only trade the Oilers have made so far was a swap of junior prospects with the Phoenix Coyotes, which saw them send winger Tobias Rieder (fourth round, 2011) packing while getting winger Kale Kessy (fourth round, 2011) in return.