We can't even if we wanted to nobody would take him, and your claim that he is not an injury prone player is obviously blinded. Did you not read the post you replied to he misses a lot of games weather they are minor injury's or not a missed game is a missed game and over the course of his career he is as of late not very productive when he is playing. wheather or not that will change next season only time will tell, I do agree that at one time he was our best player. But as it sits right know we have more options trading him now then we do if we try later when we can't because of injury. Your response showing edvidance of other players is not very comparible to hem at all, sid has play a lot of games with out injurys and it took a major concusion to do it.
So I guess you didn't read mine then? Did you check the players I linked? They all had similar careers or close to it to Hemsky (talking about games played). Would you consider them injury prone players? And if you do, would you trade them?
You might say that they are not the same as Hemsky because they are better. Ok then let's check and see when they had their explosive year that ended up bringing them to Elite status. If you check them all except for Crosby, and if you look at the Sedin twins as well and so on. You will notice they all had their break out year around 27 or 28 years old. How old is Hemsky again?
Someone mentioned above that he's not worth it because he's older and we have younger players. I mean I don't get where people get this idea that he's old. He's only 27 years old for christ sake. It's not like we are trying to keep a 38 year old player. He still got atleast 5 to 7 years left in him of being able to produce high amounts of points. Of course that is if he doesn't get injured during that time.
Also as for Paajarvi, Hall, and Eberle. Only Hall is in the same class as Hemsky and maybe Eberle. Paajarvi is good but not in the same class, so I don't thing Paajarvi would take Hemsky spot, nvm that Paajarvi is a LW and Hemsky is a RW so that will never happen. As for Omark he has great potential, but a Hemsky replacement he's not. Again not a single player on this team will be able to touch Hemsky point total next season (if he plays a full season or close to it) except for Hall and Eberle might be close. Think about how Hemsky had 42 points in 47 games and is tied for second on the team, where the other 4 players equal to him or above played more games then he did (except Horcoff I believe). Also think about how Hemsky was starting to get hot before he hurt his shoulder and was out for the rest of the season, just like Hall was.
As for the comment that Hemsky hasn't shown any chemistry with our players is a lie. He had chemistry with Penner till he got traded and towards the end of Hemsky season and Hall, they started to show some chemistry as well. Who you think setup those passes on Hall's hat trick? And then let's not forget the chemistry that Hemsky and Smyth have. So I don't see any issue with Hemsky playing in the lineup.
Also a proper rebuild isn't done by destroying the team completely, or else you get a rebuild like the Islanders and Florida, which means it's a never ending rebuild. Every year you will be a mediocre team, because you don't have any Veterans teaching the kids how it's done. All the good teams that have done a proper rebuild have done it with Veterans and rookies together. Having a good mix of both. Not by going one sided either way. Go check Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington and so on. They all had a good mix of Veterans to help the young guys improve.
Tambellini said it himself, you can have all the coaching and mentorship coming from the Coaching staff and training staff and so on. But that only applies to a small % of the players developement. What really helps a rookie player is the mentorship that happens in that locker room and on the ice. And that is why we have players like Hemsky, Horcoff, Smyth, Whitney and so on. Horcoff might not be skillfull, but he does give his 100% on the ice each time, and he knows how to play defense. He's not a no 1 line center but he is one of the better checking line centers out there. Though his contract hurts the team, it still doesn't change the fact that he brings something to the team that we don't have eslewhere (except for now with Belanger, but he's new while Horcoff has been here much longer). Same for Hemsky and now same for Ryan Smyth. They bring something to the team that cannot be thought by coaching staff or anyone else.