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by Paul on 05/21/12 at 07:24 PM ET
from John Tranchina of the Dallas Stars website,
Now that Souray has proven he can still contribute at the NHL level, he made it clear that he’d love to remain in Dallas for at least another year, but with his contract expiring on July 1, acknowledges that the decision isn’t solely his. Recognizing there are several blue-line prospects in the organization’s pipeline, Souray is realistic about his chances of staying.
“I think what I have learned this year with this group is that they have a number of young defensemen they have made long-term commitments to that they’re going to have to play and have take bigger roles,” Souray noted. “So where I fit in that, I’m not sure, but I know what I have left and I know what I want to bring to the table. And I know I can still do that. Hopefully, I can come back.”
While the Stars have exclusive negotiating rights with Souray until July 1, he’s been around the business of professional hockey long enough to know that Dallas may want to wait until then to keep their options open, and possibly pursue other free agents. And if that occurs, Souray admits he’ll have no choice but to consider offers himself from other teams, but he’s made his hopes and intentions clear.
“If it goes to July 1, we’ll see what’s out there,” Souray said. “We’ve talked and they have some time to make their minds up, but come July 1, options open up (for me), too. I’d like to stay here. I know they’re going to make changes, if anyone here thinks they’re not making changes, they’re all a little naïve. Hopefully in the year that I’ve been here, they see me as part of the solution moving forward. I really like it here, I don’t want to leave here. We’ll see.”
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