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Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 3:52 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Edmonton Oilers have an incredibly promising and exciting line in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ales Hemsky. They form a fast and very talented trio for the Oilers to build on.

But for the time being, they'll be down Hemsky. The winger is expected to miss at least the next two or three weeks as he waits for pain in his surgically reconstructed shoulder to subside.

“I’m a little weaker than I was. That’s my main concern right now,” Hemsky told the Edmonton Journal. “I have to get stronger and get rid of the pain then I should be back to normal.

“My shoulder is solid, I don’t have a problem with that. I just have to get rid of the pain.

“I want to be 100 percent. I don’t want to get hurt again and miss six months of the season.”

It is important to note here that we aren't talking about a new injury with Hemsky. He had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum and it's still causing him discomfort. So instead of pushing it now and risking further damage or any other problems, he is going to sit out until things get better.

Hemsky played the entire season opener, but left the second game against the Wild after just one period. His health is crucial to the Oilers going forward, so it's a great decision to sit him now so he can come back fully healthy later.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

Tambellini should have traded him for something when he had the chance.   Plenty of gms had cap space and picks they were willing to part with.   A high skill set like Hemsky's always draws some interest even if he was risky. 

I agree.  But now with Hemsky's injury and the fact he's going to be an UFA after this season the Oilers aren't going to get anything for him. Best case scenario for Tambellini is Hemsky gets healthy very soon, stays healthy and plays to his ability so at the very least he could be a decent rental for somebody when we're closer to the trade deadline.  But even then, what's he really going to get for him?  If he's lucky a 2nd round pick from a contender or somebody fighting for a playoff spot?  Not much..... the Oilers blew it.  



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

as he waits for pain in his surgically reconstructed soldier to subside.
Steve Austin? 



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

This might be good news for the Oilers. It will give them a chance to move Jordan Eberle into the 1st line RW spot with Hall and RNH and give Linus Omark more playing time. Hemsky's injuries have to be getting old in Edmonton. If he can come back and play the majority of the season, maybe the Oilers can trade him at the deadline for some value before letting him leave via free agency.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

Tambellini should have traded him for something when he had the chance.   Plenty of gms had cap space and picks they were willing to part with.   A high skill set like Hemsky's always draws some interest even if he was risky.  Guy hasn't been around enough to really influence the kids enough, so his departure wasn't going to be a big deal for the 30-55 games he suited up for anyway.   Tambellini wouldn't need to worry about the pawning off injured players having an effect on his reputation, the reputation is already there, may as well embrace.  

Bad move by Tambellini not using Hemsky to get some veteran help for the kids or more draft picks, the way he's throwing every kid that can skate on the ice he's going to need the extra picks to offset all the stunted development for his young high talent players.     Plenty of marginal defensemen out there on bad contracts he could have taken back for him too, and they would have been useful.    What a shame for Oiler fans.

After picking up Ryan Smyth, was there any good reason to keep Hemsky around?   



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:30 am
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

He will be an Oiler for life sammy boy.  His NHL career has only five more years left, he can go play in Sweden or the KHL for a year or two before the body says no more.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:03 am
 

Oilers' Hemsky out 2-3 weeks with shoulder pain

Well, at least this is the final year of Hemsky's contract... only played something like 20 some odd games 2 seasons ago, 40 some odd games last year.... not good for the money he's making.  It wouldn't be so bad if the Oilers were a good veteran team that could overcome injuries like this, but they're not.  The Oilers are a very young team that need their top players healthy.  The sad thing is the guy only just turned 28, he could potentially have a lot of good years in front of him.   But injury after injury make that unlikely... he's missed over 150 games in the first 8 seasons of his career... gotta wonder who's going to take a chance on him when he becomes an UFA after this season.


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