After recovering from shoulder surgery last season, forward Ales Hemsky managed to play in 69 games, but posted just 10 goals and 26 assists, his lowest totals ' not counting a 22-game, injury-shortened year ' since his sophomore season.
Heading into the first year of a two-year, $10-million contract extension, Hemsky is healthy and optimistic. He spent the lockout with his hometown club, CSOB Pojistovna Pardubice, where he led the team with 14 goals and 18 assists in 27 league games. "It was nice; I played in my home city and spent a lot of time with my family and friends, and it was good to be able to play hockey in front of them," Hemsky said. "I was having fun, but now that the lockout is over I can focus on playing in the NHL. It's nice to be back, finally. Just to spend time with the guys and skate with them, it's fun. It's a great feeling."