Dallas Stars Alex Goligoski (33) checks Edmonton Oilers Ales Hemsky (83) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday November 13, 2013. The Ottawa Senators picked up Hemsky Wednesday in exchange for a third-round pick in this year\'s draft and a fifth-rounder in 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
OTTAWA - The Senators are four points out of a playoff spot and seem to be buyers at the trade deadline.
Ottawa acquired winger Ales Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers three hours before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline for a third-round pick in this year's draft and a fifth-rounder in 2015.
Hemsky told reporters in Edmonton he slept fine on the eve of the trade deadline because he figured he would be traded.
"I knew what would happen, I knew I would get traded so I was kind of prepared for that the last four months," he said.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray said last week he was more interested in trading for a forward with some time left on his contract rather than a rental. Hemsky, 30, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish had been shopping Hemsky dating to this past off-season but could not find a taker until Wednesday.
Hemsky has nine goals and 17 assists in 55 games this season. He joins a Senators team that's perhaps not the Stanley Cup contender some had thought at the beginning of the year but in the hunt for a playoff spot.
"At least they're still battling for playoffs and they have a good chance," Hemsky told reporters in Edmonton. "It will be a good challenge for me. Hopefully I can play with good players and show what I can do."
Hemsky won't be playing with winger Cory Conacher, whom the Buffalo Sabres claimed off waivers from Ottawa at noon. He will be a teammate of defenceman Chris Phillips, who signed a US$5-million, two-year contract extension.
Phillips, the Senators' No. 1 overall pick in 2006, said it was his first preference to re-up in Ottawa rather than go somewhere else at the deadline.