At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside lists the Rangers as one of the potential landing spots for Edmonton Winger Ales Hemsky.
Not sure Hemsky is a John Tortorella guy, but he might thrive in the high-speed game favored by the acid-tongued coach. The up-side for the Rangers is that they wouldn’t have to upset their everyday roster to acquire Hemsky, something that stands as a major roadblock to discussions about acquiring Nash.
Hemsky is a UFA after this season and has four goals and 21 assists this season for Edmonton in 45 games.
On the type of player Hemsky is, Burnside adds, “He is blessed with eye-dropping talent and is one of the very few players on the market that is both a straight rental and could, in theory, pay immediate dividends on a team’s power play or playing with other skilled players. The problem is that, well, he’s Ales Hemsky and that means he comes with more than a little baggage, including a stunning lack of durability and a questionable work ethic. Hemsky is one of those trade deadline gambles that has the potential to make a general manager look like a genius or a bum.”
According to Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun, the Rangers are one of four teams that have inquired about acquiring the services of Teemu Selanne.
Selanne has a no-move clause and has been called “untouchable” by the Ducks GM.
Garrioch writes that the Rangers are looking for a high-end scoring forward and if they miss out on Selanne, they may go for Ales Hemsky.
Hemsky is a UFA after the season.
Selanne has 15 goals and 29 assists this season while Hemsky has four goals and 13 assists in 33 games.
Selanne is the guy that I have had my eye on and I think he would be perfect. He holds the cards in where he wants to go and I think that Winnipeg, if they are in the race, would be a sentimental choice, but if he has any interest in joining the Rangers, I am sure they can work out a good deal for both sides.
In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that if the Oilers decide to trade oft-injured winger Ales Hemsky, the Rangers will be one of the teams in the mix for him.
Hemsky is a UFA at the end of this season. He has three goals and eight assists in 22 games this season with a cap hit of $4.1 million.
If Hemsky is traded to any team, it’ll definitely be to a contender or a team that has to make the playoffs, even for only one round to make some money for the owner.
He lists Detroit and Pittsburgh as teams that could also have interest.
I don’t see the fit with the Rangers. He isn’t Bobby Ryan with three years left on his contract and a ton of potential at 25. Hemsky is always injured, and it’s hard to see where he could fit into the lineup or if he could buy into the Rangers system.