1260's Dustin Nielson caught everyone off-guard this evening when he announced a press session with Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.
Well, this is awfully weird. RT @nielson1260 MacTavish and Hemsky will speak to the media at 9:00 tomorrow morning— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) September 4, 2013
Tyler's reaction was the same as the vast majority of Oilers' fans, though weird is understating it. It's an ominous Tweet, but perhaps it's so ominous because Oilers fans have lived under the Lowe / Tambellini tyranny for the last five years and have come to expect the crazy from each and every presser.
After talking through a number of options, Tyler eventually landed on one that reads like a security blanket:
I would assume Hemsky's going to be there for it because it lets them get the round of questions out of the way and then everyone backs off.— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) September 4, 2013
While Neilson feels it will be a faux "burying the hatchet" talk on the heels of MacTavish publicly attempting to trade Hemsky:
I'm GUESSING MacTavish and Hemsky have talked about not being able to move him and tomorrow will be an "everything is good" discussion.— Dustin Nielson (@nielson1260) September 4, 2013
There were a number of other suggestions thrown about as well: Hemsky asking out of his contract to play for a KHL team, perhaps HC Lev Praha; the Oilers announcing a mutually agreeable buyout of Hemsky's deal; telling Jim Matheson to stop harassing Hemsky about the order in which he departs from the practice ice; announcing a three-year extension; and the humorous suggestion that Hemsky has been named captain of the team.
What's your take? Is MacTavish about to Tambellini this situation up or is going to tell Matheson to stop talking about Drew Stafford? Something else?