Are the Senators close to re-signing Ales Hemsky? Could the Islanders re-sign Evgeni Nabokov?

Will Ales Hemsky remain a Senator beyond this season?

Will Ales Hemsky remain a Senator beyond this season?

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators have not yet held discussions with Ales Hemsky’s agent nor has GM Bryan Murray stated his intent to re-sign the winger. Murray does anticipate speaking with Hemsky’s agent in the near future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky has terrific chemistry with Senators center Jason Spezza since joining the club at the trade deadline. In ten games with the Sens, he has 2 goals and 6 assists. I daresay there will be a serious effort to re-sign Hemsky but there will be some factors affecting the process. Most importantly is how much he wants in salary and for how long. The other is Spezza’s future with the Senators. If he won’t commit beyond next season, the Senators could shop him this summer. If so, they might not feel the need to re-sign Hemsky. 

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple recently reported the New York Islanders might be interested in re-signing goalie Evgeni Nabokov and using him in a backup role next season. Nabokov recently had a 41-save performance in a 2-0 shutout of Columbus. He also has a .912 save percentage in even-strength situations this season and brings a good demeanor to the team.  Staple noted Nabokov’s representatives said there’s been no talks with Isles management but it’s still early.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov as a backup isn’t a bad idea for the Islanders. They will be in the market for a starter this summer.