Ales Hemsky dealt by Oilers to Senators
Edmonton receives 2 picks; trades Nick Schultz to Blue Jackets
Ales Hemsky will leave the Edmonton Oilers after 11 seasons, traded to Ottawa for a pair of draft picks.
The Senators gave up a fifth-round pick in the draft this summer, and a third rounder in 2015.
"I expected I would be moved," Hemsky said upon his arrival in Calgary, where Ottawa played Wednesday night.
"They talked about it in the summer. I kind of prepared for that. I knew it would happen. I just didn't know where. It's Ottawa and I'm pretty excited for the challenge. Those guys are battling for a playoff spot. I'm happy and try to help them make it."
Senators general manager Bryan Murray is hoping he can produce some great memories for Ottawa going forward, but knows it may not be for the long term.
"An offensive type player, a guy with good puck skills, certainly can play in the top six forwards," Murray said. "We think he can make plays, score some points for us down the stretch.
"It wasn't my plan to get an unrestricted free agent. Part of it came down to the price. Obviously a lot of it came down to the price.
"The couple of picks we gave up for Hemsky gave us a little better chance to evaluate the guy and we didn't have to pay the huge price we would have otherwise."
Later Wednesday, the Oilers dealt defenceman Nick Schultz to Columbus for a fifth-round pick.
Hemsky has scored 142 goals and 335 assists for 477 points in 652 career regular-season games, with 303 penalty minutes.
"It's a weird feeling, especially [because] I've been here for so long," Hemsky said. "I have a lot of great memories."
He scored six goals and 11 assists in 24 games when Edmonton reached the Stanley Cup final in 2006, but hasn't been back to the playoffs since.
"I wish [the Oilers] the best and I hope they will get better and hopefully next year — and the next few years — they can make the playoffs," Hemsky said.
The 30-year-old from Pardubice represented the Czech Republic at the recent Sochi Games, his second time representing his country at the Winter Olympics.
Originally selected 13th overall in the draft, Hemsky is in the final year of a deal that represents a $5 million US salary cap hit.
Schultz, 31, has four assists in 60 games this season, his second full campaign in Edmonton and third overall after spending most of his 13-year career in Minnesota.
Two of the Blue Jackets' top defencemen are sidelined. Fedor Tyutin injured an ankle while playing for Russia in the Olympics and is out for another week or two and prized rookie Ryan Murray (lower body) is day to day.
With files from The Associated Press, The Canadian Press