Ales Hemsky has heard his name circulating in countless trade rumors around the NHL this off-season. Despite all of the speculation, the Oilers forward will be returning to Edmonton for at least another season.
The 30-year old forward had 9 goals and 11 assists in just 38 games this past season. Hemsky is a ten-year veteran in the league that his been to the playoffs just twice, and he hasn’t made an appearance since 2006 went the Oilers made their run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Edmonton’s GM Craig MacTavish spoke to reporters Wednesday.
“We want [Ales] to come in and make an impression. We want him to play a prominent role. He’s off the market.”
MacTavish has guaranteed that changes will take place after the seventh consecutive season that the team failed to reach the NHL’s postseason, and he has followed through so far on his promise. Last year’s captain Shawn Horcoff is now a member of the Dallas Stars. Hemsky was rumored to be on his way out as well before MacTavish backed him and ensured that he would spend his 11th season in the league with the Oilers.
This comes as a relief to Hemsky.
“I take this as a new fresh start. I’ve been through the good and bad and I just want to help turn things around.”