Hemsky: “He most definitely will be traded at the deadline.”
MacLean suggested Hemsky will pull in less than Dustin Penner did last season, though he failed to identify the main reason for that — Penner wasn’t just a rental, but still had another season left on his contract, while Hemsky is rental, a UFA on July 1. “I don’t see teams paying a big price,” MacLean said. He may well be right about that, though Kypreos was more positive. “There’s a lot of teams right now looking for a top six forward and he certainly fits the bill,” the real Kyper said.
Kypreos identified Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit as possible destinations, while MacLean identified Ottawa, Washington, Vancouver, Detroit, and San Jose. My take? Hemsky certainly didn’t help his cause for staying in Edmonton with his play against the St. Louis Blues. He helped create not one chance at even strength, while making mistakes on three against. But I’m with Kypreos on Hemsky: he’s a good enough player to be a top six winger on a team with Stanley Cup aspirations. http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2012/01/19/former-nhl-gm-on-hemsky-i-would-say-he-most-definitely-will-be-traded-at-the-deadline/