Oilers' Ales Hemsky resigned to inevitable trade

Ales Hemsky (middle) of the Edmonton Oilers skates between Ryan Getzlaf (left) and Corey Perry of...

Ales Hemsky (middle) of the Edmonton Oilers skates between Ryan Getzlaf (left) and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at the Honda Center on January 3, 2014 in Anaheim. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

The only certainty about Ales Hemsky’s future is that it won’t be in Edmonton.

Where he’s going and when he’s leaving are still being negotiated, but the long-serving winger is already preparing himself for life after the Oilers.

“I had a lot of talks with (GM Craig MacTavish),” he said. “It’s between me and him what we talked about, but I think you guys will figure it out closer to the deadline.

“I know what will happen and I’m ready for it, I’m excited.”

Hemsky hasn’t asked to be traded, but he’s an unrestricted free agent in July and has already been here a year longer than he and the Oilers decided was best when they agreed to part ways last summer, only to be reunited in training camp when MacTavish wasn’t satisfied with the returns being offered in a trade.

This time, it’s for real, so Hemsky is making sure to stop and smell the roses on the way out.

“I’ll just try and enjoy the moment with the guys,” he said. “It could be the last two games


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