Ales Hemsky won't be testing the NHL's free-agent waters.
The Edmonton Oilers signed the forward to a two-year extension worth $10 million, on Friday night, keeping him in the fold through 2013-14.
With Hemsky set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, he was considered a prime candidate to be moved ahead of Monday's trade deadline. Instead, he'll remain with the only NHL organization he's ever played for.
''There were a lot of discussions with other teams; we had to have that going up to the trade deadline,'' said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. ''You have to be prepared for both (possibilities). ... I think Ales, speaking to him, is happy and I know our players will be very happy.
''Maybe that's the most important thing.''
Tambellini and Hemsky sat down for a discussion after Edmonton's 2-0 victory Thursday night against Philadelphia and a deal was reached Friday.
The 28-year-old Czech was drafted 13th overall by Edmonton in 2001 and has 421 points (119 goals) in 536 NH...