Let's not fool ourselves Rangers fans, if it wasn't for the Edmonton Oilers in 1994, we'd still be hearing chants of 1940 from Islanders fans. So I guess it makes sense that Glen Sather might be going back to the future, only in reverse.
According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier to the Rangers/Ducks game last night.
Edmonton is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov.
Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge, which the Rangers currently don't have room for, and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
Brooks adds that the recent play of Chris Kreider and return to the lineup of Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan have forestalled the immediate need to rush into a deal for a top-six winger, but that you never know with Sather. And even if they were in the market Brooks isn't sure Rangers have assets to acquire Yakupov.
In related news…
How about Hemsky for Del Zotto? Hemsky's $5 mil salary an impediment to most trade talks though.#Oilers
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 5, 2013
The Edmonton Journal beat writer also wonders if the Oilers would be interested in Kreider.
..turning the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Finalists into the Columbus Blue Jackets was bad enough, please Glen, don't double down on awfulness to now transform the team into the Oilers.
…hey, I guess if the Rangers are interested in moving Del Zotto, they got lucky as he probably had his best game of the season in front of the Edmonton scouts last night.
…i do think Sather needs to be aggressive in bringing in some offense with Nash likely not returning soon, but Hemsky, who has not surpassed 20 goals since 2008, is not the answer. Even if it allows the Rangers to send Del Zotto packing.
…as far as Yakupov goes. An enigmatic Russian player? What could go wrong?
…a guy I had previously mentioned on the blog, Versteeg, was a healthy scratch the other night for Florida so I think they'd unload him for next to nothing while eating some of his salary. Just a thought.