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Coming off major shoulder surgery—and with just one year left on his contract in Edmonton—there is no doubt that Ales Hemsky has been mentioned in trade talks. The L.A. Kings and Colombus Blue Jackets have expressed interest in him.
Hockey Insider Eklund said on Hockey Buzz:
"There is little question the Kings are getting a bit tired of being runner-up for the summer's top UFAs...Today I am hearing a deal that would send Ales Hemsky to LA for a serious D-prospect who should be ready this season."
That prospect could be Jake Muzzin, who was voted OHL's Defensemen of the Year in 2010 and made the Kings roster last year. L.A. needs an upgrade on offense, and they have enough money and talent to acquire Hemsky, who has scored 130 points in his last 141 games.
Another potential trade option would be the Columbus Blue Jackets. GM Scott Howson has already pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire Jeff Carter, and he might not be done.
“We are looking at all the options that might be available either through free agency or trade,” Howson wrote in an email to Sporting News on Thursday.
However, Hemsky recently told the press, "I wouldn't mind it at all. I don't like change, looking for new stuff. I've met lots of great people in Edmonton. I've got friends. I've got a girlfriend living with me. I can't complain."