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December 26, 2011 | 10:10am ET
Is a trade possible for Hemsky?
TheFourthPeriod.com

Several teams around the league have started to ask about the availability of Oilers forward Ales Hemsky, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

According to the Edmonton Journal, the 28-year-old needs a change of scenery as Oilers GM Steve Tambellini might not hand him a contract extension.

However, Hemsky has recently struggled offensively - posting only three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 22 games this season - and isn't drawing many questions on his availability.

Hemsky's surgically repaired shoulders have caused him to miss several games in the last seasons, but other younger Oilers players have taken over in the lineup with rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins producing up front and forward Jordan Eberle becoming the No. 1 right winger.

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly looking for a scoring winger, however Hemsky must improve up front to persuade any Stanley Cup contender to snatch him off the market.

 
 
 
 
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