The Edmonton Oilers are the second-worst team in the NHL right now (behind only the Carolina Hurricanes) and soon-to-be free-agent right wing Ales Hemsky has been rumored to be likely a goner from the squad before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
However, TSN reports that the 28-year-old who has spent his entire career with the Oilers would not like to be dealt and would instead like a long-term deal with Edmonton.
"I think [a long-term deal is] important for everybody," Hemsky said, TSN reports. "It's your life. The security you can have signing a long-term deal, that's probably the best option you can do. I've been here for a long time, for 10 years and worked hard to become a free agent."
As TSN points out, Hemsky hasn't missed one of the 532 regular-season Oilers games that have been played since he joined the team. In that time, he's scored 118 goals and notched 301 assists. This year, he has four goals and 20 assists.