NHL Trade Speculation: 7 Teams That Need Oilers Ales Hemsky & Sam Gagner

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NHL Trade Speculation: 7 Teams That Need Oilers Ales Hemsky & Sam Gagner
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After a great start to the season, the Edmonton Oilers have plummeted back down to earth in a big way. They sit near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and, as a result, trade rumors are swirling around a couple of their under-performing forwards.

Sam Gagner has been linked to a number of different teams in trade talks since back in November, according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. He had a poor start to the season and even though he’s picked up his play recently, he’s still expendable with centers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Shawn Horcoff in the mix.

Both Matheson and Pierre Lebrun of ESPN have also linked Ales Hemsky to a couple of teams. Hemsky has had a mediocre season and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so he should be considered serious trade bait if the Oilers don’t have him in their plans for the future.

Only time will tell if there is any merit to these rumors. However, there are certainly some teams out there that could use the services for both Gagner and Hemsky.

Let’s take a look at seven teams that would be most likely to make a play for either, or possibly both, of these two players.

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