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by Paul on 01/26/10 at 05:52 PM ET
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
The second (Jim) Matheson item that caught my attention was his speculation on where Souray might end up, and what the Oilers might get in return. It seemed a rather optimistic piece of reporting to me, as all kinds of fine young prospects were mentioned as possible pickups for the Oilers, players such as Jamie Benn of Dallas, Brandon McMillan of Anaheim and Adam Henrique of New Jersey.
All this astonished me as I believe Souay has close to negative trade value, in that if the Oilers want to move him, they would actually have to eat some nasty contract for a marginal player in return. Now, that contract would be for less money and less term than Souray, but it wouldn’t be some promising kid with a cheap contract.
To me, there’s a huge risk in any team picking up Souray, as he’s still coming back from a major injury (concussion), his play has been extremely spotty (even if he was excellent last season), he’s old for a defenceman of his type (big, slow, offensive skills, physical style), and he’s got two years left on a massive contract.
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