Jaromir Jagr was grabbing some dinner with Czech buddy Ales Hemsky on Wednesday night, possibly at a downtown Edmonton restaurant specializing in European cuisine.

"I hope he's not traded before then ... he says he's going to pay," said the Philadelphia Flyers winger, laughing, fully cognizant that his friend is in play as a trade rental as the Oilers entertain offers and try to sign the winger to a short-term contract.

Jagr, whose Flyers face the Oilers at Rexall Place on Thursday, said he's not sure the 28-year-old Hemsky, an unrestricted free agent, wouldn't benefit from a change of address at this point in his career.