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September 17, 2012 | 10:14am ET
Family offers Hemsky a Plan B
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While some NHL players are rushing to sign contracts in Europe to play during the lockout, Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky is taking his time to see how the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations play out.

According to the Edmonton Sun, the 29-year-old already has a spot guaranteed on the roster of his hometown's team seeing that his father is the GM for the franchise in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

"I'll wait to see what happens, see what they tell us," Hemsky told the Sun. "I'll be here for a little bit and if they tell us it's going to be longer I'll head back to Europe."

Hemsky is aware not all NHL players will have the chance to find a place to play overseas as several leagues are refusing to accommodate temporary lockout rentals players during the work stoppage.

"At least I have a place to play," he said. "Other guys, I don't know what they're going to do. The older guys will probably spend some time with their families, work out. The younger guys, some will play in the AHL and some will have to find jobs somewhere else because you can't just stop playing."

When Hemsky last played in Pardubice during the 2004-05 lockout, it was quite beneficial for his career as he returned to Edmonton to collect 43 points more than the previous year.

Hemsky, who recently signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Oilers, posted 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in 69 games last season.

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