Last night I was going through the rosters of all the teams in the NHL. I came across the name of Ales Hemsky and thought hmm. He has great speed and is a pretty nice playmaker. Also, the Devils are a little on the underside when it comes to rw's, even players who shoot right handed. The playmakers that come to mine on the Devils roster are Patrik Elias and Mattias Tedenby, who are both left handed.
Per capgeek he is currently on the last year of his contract in which he is earning 4.1 million dollars. He will be an UFA next year as well. A fairly reasonable cap hit for someone with his skills. I know some of the thoughts that came into the minds of those who read the name Ales Hemsky..injury prone or oft-injured, which is true. Most noteable a torn labrum and a concussion.
Unfortunatly the Devils have either bought out or are in the process of buying out Colin White, a player who I think would've fit well over in Edmonton and could fill the need of a verteran shut-down defensemen. Other than him I'm not sure what the Devils could do to entice the Oilers to trading him. It's clear they wish to grow with young talent, which we have a lot of. Or maybe some verteran presence, ie trading a Dainius Zubrus or David Clarkson or both.
I feel he fills multiple needs on this team (top line playmaker, great speed possibly to keep up with Ilya Kovalchuk and right handed shot). If he could stay healthy he could definatly put up some good numbers. Maybe the risk is worth the gain. It's just a thought, but what are some of your thought's on this IDEA?