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Rangers Trade Rumors 2012: New York In Running For Ales Hemsky

The New York Rangers are pursuing Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers, according to Pro Hockey Talk. The Blueshirts have long been considered one of the more likely landing spots for Rick Nash as the 2012 NHL trade deadline approaches. Should that deal fail to materialize, Hemsky would provide a more affordable, albeit less flashy offensive boost.

Of course, the Rangers are't the only ones on Hemsky's tail. The Los Angeles Kings are also vying for his services. The Czech winger has struggled mightily with shoulder injuries over the past few season, but when healthy he has been dominant at times with Edmonton. Last season he had 42 points in 47 games, though he has fallen off that pace this season with five goals and 21 assists through 46 appearances.

Hemsky is looking for a four or five-year deal, which could hold up negotiations. He is still effective, and at 28 years old he theoretically has plenty of hockey left in his legs. Injuries could keep him from getting an optimal deal, however. He hasn't played more than 47 games since the 2008-09 season.

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