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Area of Improvement: Offense
The Pittsburgh Penguins have had bad luck when it comes to injured players this season. The Penguins, who are already without Sidney Crosby, will be without Jordan Staal, Kris Letang and others for the foreseeable future.
Offensively, Evgeni Malkin cannot carry the team alone. He will need some help, and the Penguins could look to Edmonton for some help.
Ales Hemsky is an upcoming free agent at the end of the year. It appears his time in Edmonton could be coming to an end, as the Oilers are building around their youth corps of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. These tenacious youngsters form a formidable top unit.
Hemsky could be shipped off for a minor prospect and a draft pick. He could bring a veteran presence and some needed scoring to the Penguins. He may be an injury risk, but this is a low-risk proposition for the Penguins.
If the price is right, Ray Shero should pull the trigger. Hemsky's hit will be very diluted by that point, so it is a win-win.