Ottawa Senators’ Ales Hemsky non-committal

Ales Hemsky is fine with living in hotels for the next month and, he hopes, weeks beyond that.

In fact, right now he doesn’t even want to think about where he’ll finally unpack his bags and stay awhile.

Eligible to test the free agent waters in July, Hemsky is being watched closely by Senators management as it determines if he’d be a good fit with the team going forward.

The 30-year old winger is likely trying to figure out the same – not that he wants to discuss the matter at the moment.

“It’s not even worth it to talk about it right now,” Hemsky said Monday morning. “I just focus for the game and try to help this team make the playoffs. What I will do after, I’ll see.”

The final year of Hemsky’s current contract has him making $5.5 million (with a cap hit of $2.5 million). Milan Michalek ($6 million), Bobby Ryan ($5.562 million) and Jason Spezza ($5 million) are the only Senators forwards pulling in more this season.

Is Hemsky worth that kind of cash? The final weeks of the season, and possibly the playoffs, should give a good indication.

15 Responses to Ottawa Senators’ Ales Hemsky non-committal

  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Kessel > Sundin

    • kessel_leafs81 says:

      I think Sundin was a better leader, and better all around.. completely different players but kessels offensive upside is twice sundin’s. Kessel just takes over games sometimes. guy takes alot of heat but he’s amazing.

    • leafy says:

      I like Kessel a lot, but too early to call him a Sundin. Sundin was the man for 14 years!!!!!

      I think we need to wait at LEAST 5 years to compare their careers.

      • Gambo says:

        I agree. Sundin was something really special. Kessel is too, but it’s tough to compare them. Kessel, however, has made an average center in Bozak into a first line center. Sundin never was able to make decent wingers into stars hence the forever lasting search to get Sundin an elite winger. Mats is my favourite leaf of all time, so i’m biased towards him I guess.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Sundin was never consistently in the top five or six in league scoring. Kessel’s prime alone makes him better than Mats.

  2. doorman says:

    Now I like Kessel a lot and have always defended him, he is a dynamic offensive player. However Sundin was a better all around player, period. He is the guy who you wanted out there and wanted to be when it mattered. The man played beat up physically and emotionally in Toronto and embraced the city and it’s fans. Oh and one more thing, when it mattered, 79 GWG & 15 OT goals for Mats. Kessel has 21 GWG and Phaneuf is the OT leader with 3.

  3. doorman says:

    Sheesh, did I forget to mention Sundins 23 shorthanded goals, my bad, lol

  4. leafy says:

    Good test for the Leafs tonight in L.A.

    The Kings aren’t overpowering upfront, but they don’t give up too many scoring chances. The Leafs need their speed game tonight especially.

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