Best for Ottawa Senators to let Hemsky go

Unrestricted free agent Ales Hemsky will probably get $5.5 million a year, but not from the...

Unrestricted free agent Ales Hemsky will probably get $5.5 million a year, but not from the Senators. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

OTTAWA - The decision by Ales Hemsky to head for greener pastures has caused a lot of ansgt among the Senators' fans.

Really, it shouldn't bother anyone at all.

The Senators made an attempt to keep the unrestricted free agent before he heads to market on July 1, but after seeking north of $5.5 million, the organization decided thanks but no thanks.

Acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for two draft picks, GM Bryan Murray made the decision to bring Hemsky, 30, in hopes of helping the club make the playoffs.

The Senators weren't in the picture when the deal was made but the club was hopeful when it got Hemsky he'd provide the spark needed to get over the hump and into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He finished with 17 points in 20 games but the Senators had plenty of issues and his arrival wasn't enough to help the club clean up its act to make a push for the final wildcard spot in the East.


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