Craig MacTavish promised to make changes to the Edmonton Oilers over the offseason and it may start with two of the team's long-standing veterans.
In an interview with Team 1260 Radio in Edmonton on Thursday, the new general manager suggested that captain Shawn Horcoff and winger Ales Hemsky could be done with the club.
"I think both those players are at a similar crossroads," MacTavish told the radio station.
"Sometimes change is good for both the organization and the player, but at the same time they're valuable players and we're not in a position where we're able to move them without getting something substantial in return...I have a lot of allegiance and a lot of loyalty to 'Horc' and to Ales. I have a lot of respect for both those players. But from both those perspectives, I think the ideal scenario would be to move them on and wish them the best in their next destination."
Hemsky, 29, was in his 10th season with the Oilers and has one year left on a two-year, $10 million contract he signed last summer.
In 38 games this season, he scored nine goals and added 11 assists. He has 17 points in 30 career playoff games with the Oilers and helped Edmonton reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2005-06.
Horcoff, 34, scored seven goals and 12 points in 31 games this season and will make $5.5 million a year through the 2014-15 season.
"Would we welcome those players back if the right circumstance presented itself? Absolutely," added MacTavish. "But I think in talking to both those players, I think the best situation would be to move on."