The Pittsburgh Penguins are banged up and looking for help heading into the playoff push. Prices around the NHL are incredibly high, but the Penguins might be heading toward a middle ground with Ales Hemsky. The Edmonton Oiler has been one of the most frequent rumor mill names over the last two seasons or so, and seeing his name pop up again here isn’t surprising at all.
Eklund over at HockeyBuzz.com made a quick update this morning, and claims that the Penguins are “moving him up their chart and talking to Oilers.” Him, of course, being Hemsky.
It’s purely speculation on our part here, but this certainly would explain why Edmonton suddenly moved the typical center to the wing after the Winter Olympics were over. Pittsburgh could use a depth center, but Hemsky probably has more value if he’s being shopped as a top-six wing instead of a third-line center.
He hasn’t been playing particularly well for the Oilers this season, but Edmonton has struggled in general. Pittsburgh tends to bring the best out of some players, and Hemsky could be a savvy add for a team that badly needs to add a forward before the March 5 deadline.
Of course, it all comes down to asking price. Penguins GM Ray Shero moved a lot of prospects and picks prior to the deadline last season and might not be interested in doing it again.