Looking back at the trade deadline, it looks like forward Ales Hemsky will fit the definition of a true rental player deal.
The Ottawa Senators acquired Hemsky with just a few weeks remaining on his NHL contract from the Edmonton Oilers in a last-ditch effort to try and get the Sens over the hump and into the playoffs. Hemsky had 17 points in 20 games but the Senators fell well short.
Next is trying to make sure that fit will last but per Bob McKenzie, his Senators tenure will be short.
Looks like Ales Hemsky going to UFA. OTT offered 3 yrs for about $10M. Rejected. Sens prepared to trade his UFA rights for pick. #TSN— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 16, 2014
Is this surprising in any way? Hemsky is coming off a contract that paid him an annual average salary of $5 million per season. He just turned 30 and given he was close to a point-per-game player in his short stint with the Sens and you can't be surprised he would reject $3.3 million per season, a substantial step back in salary.
Of course this is the Senators we're talking about here and owner Eugene Melnyk had been consistently clear and reminding people his team is on a fixed budget, putting more pressure on GM Bryan Murray to find the right fits at the right prices.
A bit of good news for the Sens is that they didn't give up too much for 20 games of Hemsky, surrendering a third-round pick and a fifth-rounder in the 2015 draft to Edmonton. They look like they'll try to recuperate at least something back in dealing his UFA rights.
Hemsky finished last season with 13 goals and 30 assists in 75 games split between Edmonton and Ottawa but his four goals and 13 assists in his short time with the Sens should keep interest alive in the Czech winger.
With his imminent departure, it adds to what's lining up to be a bit of an overhaul this summer as captain Jason Spezza has already asked for his way out of town.