Friday, February 24, 2012
The Re-Signing of Ales Hemsky
Today the Oilers and Ales Hemsky decided to continue their relationship by re-signing a 2 yr/10 million dollar deal. It's a deal that has driven a divide into a fanbase. To both sides, Ales Hemsky represents the here and now. The Hemsky followers have claimed that this year is an aberration, the best of Ales Hemsky is still to come and you can never have too much skill even if it is small. While the detractors have said, that Hemsky is a lot to blame for this season and his uninspired play and small stature can move along. Replace his spot with a bigger body. Only time will tell which side is right. The thing I'm wondering is what Steve Tambellini will do to try and make this team better because going forward with the current team while we wait for this kids to become superstars is just dumb. Personally, I'm flabbergasted with the move. The Oilers need a little more variety in their lineup and when such moves are made is when the Oilers can start moving out of the basement. Right now the Oilers are going to have to win games through skating, skating and more skating. If teams clog up the middle and keeps things on the boards, the Oilers are going to be in trouble as the last 3 years have shown us. Ales Hemsky still feels like a placeholder in all of this, but isn't there a cheaper option to go with? If Daryl Katz doesn't value his money, why should I? Oh, thats right, he passes the buck on to the season ticket holder.
Oiler fans have to ask themselves, whats more important, winning or keeping the fan favorites around? Because both cannot happen under the current umbrella.