Is this summer the right time for the Edmonton Oilers to shop Ales Hemsky? Are more moves in store for the Detroit Red Wings? Read on for the latest.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a recent interview former NHL GM and player agent Brian Lawton had with Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, in which Lawton claimed this summer was a horrible time to try to move Ales Hemsky. Lawton cited Hemsky’s salary ($5 million for next season, the last on his contract), the declining salary cap, and the glut of second-tier talent remaining in the UFA market as factors working against trading the winger. Staples also noted Hemsky’s injury history as another factor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Staples noted, when Hemsky is healthy, he’s a fine play-maker and puck-handler. Sure, the Oilers were able to move Shawn Horcoff and his hefty contract, but that took place before the start of the free agent period. They could pick up half his salary as a way to stir up interest, but it doesn’t sound as though they’re keen to do that.
I believe Hemsky’s injury history is the biggest factor working against the Oilers moving him this summer. Interested teams could prefer to wait until mid-season to pursue Hemsky, when they have more time to evaluate his performance and half his salary has been paid by the Oilers.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a recent interview by Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland in which he confirmed he’d get RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson re-signed before training camp. Neither player filed for arbitration, giving Holland time to shed some salary this summer. One player who could be on the move is Jordin Tootoo, who has two years at $1.9 million per season remaining on his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t seem to be a fan of Tootoo, which could make him the odd man out this summer.