Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky know better than to send out their dry cleaning. And as the trade deadline draws even closer, they'll know better than to buy green bananas. As they near the end of their contracts, both can't help wondering if they're nearing the end of their time in Edmonton. Hemsky admitted Wednesday that for the first time since he became an Oiler in 2002, he thinks he might be on the block. And Penner, well, he's been on the block since he came here. With one season left before he's eligible for unrestricted free agency, and his stock value high, his name is definitely coming up. "It is touch and go, I understand," said Penner of his situation in advance of the deadline. "They have decisions to make, and my value might be higher than it has been in the past." Getting traded in the NHL is like getting hit by the mob; you never hear it coming. So asking the principals what they've heard is like asking a rock what it saw. "Nobody will tell you if you're getting traded or you're staying here, especially if you have one year left," said Hemsky, adding he can see himself in Edmonton long after his contract expires at the end of next year. "Yeah, I could. I'm here and I'm happy. But it depends what (the Oilers) want to do. I have no idea what they want to do. We'll just have to wait and see.
Oilers Penner, Hemsky talk trades
Edmonton Sun | Feb 10