Originally written January 03, 2012 on Hockey Fan Land:
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Goodbye Ales Hemsky. Ok, that statement is a few weeks premature, but Oilers fans should start getting used to the idea of Hemsky playing for a different club. As the NHL trading deadline of February 27 approaches, it is a strong likelihood, given his woeful play this season, that the Oilers will part ways with streaky forward. Hemsky has managed only a meagre 11 points this season. Once again he has missed a meaningful part of the season with injuries. His poor production, injuries and looming UFA status are a combination sure to make Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini cringe. In order to break it down in simple terms, here are the arguments for trading Hemsky, followed by the reasons to keep him. TRADE 1. Injuries: Hemsky has never played a full 82 games in a single season. He has averaged just above 61 games per season heading into this one, and appears to be on pace to match that number once again. If a player can't stay healthy, it's hard to imagine him contrib...
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