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Sheldon Souray Has His Life In Order

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Former Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray has high praise for the doctors involved with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s substance-abuse program who helped him get his life back on track after an addiction to painkillers.

Souray said during an interview on Sunday that he has been sober for nine months now.

“Last year at this time I was so sad,” Souray said over the phone from his summer home in Idaho. “I don’t know if depressed is the right word, but I was just spinning my wheels. I just wasn’t happy … I was just not happy.”

After his oldest daughter Valentina’s 14th birthday last September, Souray decided he had to change the way he was living and get sober. He said alcohol wasn’t his problem, it was an addiction to painkillers. His career came to an end after the 2012-13 NHL season because of a wrist surgery.

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Souray Has Successful Surgery On His Wrist

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Following continued pain and discomfort, Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray had successful surgery on his right wrist today in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic (Dr. Steve Shin). The procedure was to relieve arthritis symptoms related to his ligament tear. Souray will miss the remainder of the season.

Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray:

"This is a difficult situation for Sheldon and a tough loss for the team. Sheldon has been in pain for quite some time. This surgery was his best course of action in order to alleviate pain and discomfort, and regain full mobility in his wrist. Sheldon's long-term health is the most important issue right now, and we support his difficult decision to have this surgery."

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Ducks Lose Souray To Injury, Sign Fistric

via the Ducks PR department,

Sheldon Souray suffered a torn ligament in his right wrist while working out (off the ice) on July 17. He had surgery to repair the damage at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles on July 25 (Dr. Steven Shin).

He is expected to be out four-to-six months (from the time of surgery).


ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Mark Fistric to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

 

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Souray A Duck

from Eric Stephens tweet,

Ducks sign D Sheldon Souray. Three years, $11 million.

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Souray Would Like To Stay In Dallas

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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Souray Proves He Belongs In The NHL

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sometimes the guys in the Dallas Stars locker room will give it to Sheldon Souray.

Call him rookie.

Give him the gears about having been banished to the nether world of the American Hockey League.

“Nothing’s off limits for those guys,” the big defenseman quipped.

“But you wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The ribbing doesn’t bother Souray, because it’s yet another reminder of the journey he has traveled to the far end of the hockey spectrum and back. The joking reinforces that the past is the past and that his future is what he imagined and hoped it might be even when things looked most bleak.

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Souray Playing Well In Dallas

from Mark Stepneski of Andrew’s Stars Page at ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth,

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk’s signing of Sheldon Souray was seen as a gamble by some, but a couple weeks into the season the move is paying some nice dividends.

Souray’s numbers offer evidence. Through the first six games he’s tied for the team lead in points with five (one goal, four assists) and leads the team with a plus-six rating while playing 20:23 of ice time.

“My feeling is everyone feels like they are coming in with a fresh start. Me for obvious reasons,” said Souray, who spent last season in the American Hockey League. “It seems everyone has come in with a renewed sense of optimism and that’s just made it easier for myself and the other guys to blend in.”

Souray has done more than just blend in with the Stars team first concept. He’s stood out in many ways. His shot, one of the hardest in the game, has made an impact, producing some offense for the Stars. But Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said there’s been more to Souray’s game than just the offensive side of things.

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Are The Oilers Planning To Buy Out Souray?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Sheldon Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous says he has yet to hear from the Edmonton Oilers on whether they plan to buy out the last year of his client’s contract and salary-cap hit with the buyout window opening next Wednesday. But it’s likely coming.

If the New York Rangers are buying out their injury-riddled captain Chris Drury at two-thirds of his $5-million US salary (two thirds of his $7.05 million cap hit), the Oilers can likely do the same with Souray, who spent all of last season on loan to the Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

June 15 kicks off a two-week period when NHL teams can partially extricate themselves from contracts they don’t like. In Souray’s case, it’s two-thirds over his $4.5 million salary and two-thirds of his $5.4 million cap hit for this upcoming season.

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Souray Still Part Of The Oilers Organization

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Yeah, I’m surprised nobody took Sheldon . . . it’s a bit shocking to me, really,” said the Oilers coach. “If you’re asking me, I’d have taken him, but that’s just Tom Renney running off his mouth. He’s a good player. He’s got way too much to offer a team down the stretch. It’s unusual that he wasn’t taken. He could help a team.”...

Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff was also taken aback when Souray went unclaimed, knowing how teams like to load up on defencemen at this time of year.

“It’s unfortunate. . . . I’ve known Shelley for a long time. He was a great teammate and he’s a good person,” said Horcoff. “I think he’s handled this (exile to the AHL) extremely well from what I’ve heard. I was hoping he’d get picked up and he’d be able to move on.

“I’m sure it’s not the end for him. It’s just another setback. Hopefully there will be something on the horizon someplace else,” said Horcoff.

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Souray Clears Waivers

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Souray clears waivers

added 12:03pm, Actually re-entry waivers.

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Souray On Re-Entry Waivers, Will A Team Grab Him?

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Oilers news. Sheldon Souray is in play. Put on re-entry waivers today.

Souray’s salary this year and next is $4.5M.  Half-off discount if picked up on re-entry.

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Rangers Lose Interest In Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The New York Rangers have closed the book on veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray, sources say.

The Rangers were looking at the former Edmonton Oilers blue-liner likely as a re-entry waivers pickup. They sent scouts to closely watch him in action as a member of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Souray’s foot speed doesn’t fit with their current team model. He can still shoot, but the Rangers are concerned he can’t move very well, so they will look elsewhere for a power-play pointman.

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No Interest In Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The San Jose Sharks need a defenceman to fire rockets from the point, but Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini hasn’t had any offers to deal disgruntled blue-liner Sheldon Souray.

San Jose GM Doug Wilson hasn’t asked about Souray, even though the Sharks lost Rob Blake to retirement after last season and Dan Boyle, their best blue-liner, isn’t a shooter.

No other team has inquired about the 34-year-old Souray, either.

“Sheldon has to get healthy,” said Tambellini.

Souray is out with a bad knee. He also broke his hand earlier in the season playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Tambellini’s preference is, “to get an asset, a pick or a player” for Souray in a trade, hopefully before the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline.

continued and more Oilers talk too…

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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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Move Souray

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

I’m not picking a side here. Clearly, the Oilers needed a full-scale cleanout after last season’s disaster. Tambellini made some very difficult decisions, including firing a coach who was a long-time friend and mentor. It looks like Edmonton will be better off because of those choices.

Here’s the thing I’ve learned about Souray, though: He’s pretty popular among his peers. Obviously, he’s not as beloved in Edmonton, but that doesn’t affect his relationships elsewhere. And that should be important to the Oilers.

The team’s fans don’t need reminders about how difficult it’s been to attract players to the NHL’s northernmost outpost. But there were other issues besides the obvious. For example, it was well-known around the league no team was more difficult to deal with when it came to getting new sticks or skates for the players. (That’s one of the main reasons the equipment staff was changed.)

When you’re battling to change your image, there can’t be any loose ends. And that’s why Tambellini should end this dance.

more plus his popular 30 Thoughts…

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What’s Next For Sheldon Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If they find a trade partner, say, a month into the season when a team is looking for a tough-minded, offensive blueliner, the Oilers would still have to recall Souray. He would then go on re-entry waivers and any club putting in a claim could get him for half his salary. It might not be the team they’ve been dealing with, but the Oilers are prepared for any and all scenarios. If they lose him for nothing and half to pay 50 per cent of his remaining salary, so be it.

Tambellini said owner Daryl Katz is fine with paying Souray not to play for the NHL club. “I think Daryl Katz has been extremely consistent with his message to do what’s best for the organization,” said Tambellini. “That support has been incredible.”

“There are numerous things that have happened with this organization over the last six months, on the ice and off the ice (captain Ethan Moreau was put on waivers and claimed by Columbus; they chose not to bring back Fernando Pisani, dealt Patrick O’Sullivan, let Robert Nilsson go to Russia). We have complete support.”

Tambellini doesn’t know how long he’ll have to wait to find a deal Souray. “I can’t say. General managers speak on a weekly basis and if somebody expresses an interest I’ll listen,” said Tambellini, who said Washington didn’t ask for a specific commitment on how long Souray would be on his farm club. “He’s completely comfortable with whatever happens.”

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Report- Souray To Hershey

via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Several reports indicate Sheldon Souray going to AHL Hershey, Washington’s farm team

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Options For Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The chance of a trade before the seasons starts is slim. The problem for the Oilers is that on Wednesday teams must file their 23-man rosters to the league.

Tambellini doesn’t want to add Souray to the roster, even though the Oilers are more than $6 million under the league’s $59.4 million salary cap.

If he’s not dealt, the Oilers will certainly assign Souray to the AHL by Wednesday or just before that.

“It’s not an option to have him sitting. He has to be playing,” said Tambellini, who didn’t want Souray on the ice during training camp, but knows that once the season starts teams want to see if he has returned to form, no matter where he’s playing….

The New York Rangers are likely interested in Souray after dumping Wade Redden’s $6.5-million salary, and not just because Doug Risebrough, their pro scout, has seen the Oilers play four straight games.

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Evening Line

If owner Daryl Katz, Lowe and to some extent Tambellini hadn’t made all the mistakes they made in the last few years, the Oilers’ future wouldn’t be so bright.

There might not be a Jordan Eberle, a Magnus Paajarvi and damn sure not a Taylor Hall.

With Souray clearly one of the players most responsible for poisoning the pond prior to joining Nikolai Khabibulin and Ales Hemsky on the long-term injured list, he played his part.

Sheldon Souray, in a twisted way that somehow fits his persona perfectly, will have a lasting legacy here.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.  More on Souray and the Oilers.

 

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Oilers Waive Souray & Gerber

Numerous tweets state the Oilers have put Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber on waivers.

Any chance a team decides to put a claim in for either one of them?

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Souray Just Sitting

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Wouldn’t it help the Oilers if they had Souray playing somewhere, rather than sitting on his backside, for his trade value?

“I don’t know about that,” said Tambellini, who undoubtedly has been on the phone to the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, who have lost Mark Streit with an injured shoulder, possibly for the season.

“We have been through this (thinking of the different scenarios with Souray) for some time. All I know is he’s healthy now.”

Souray hasn’t responded to several text messages to ask if he’s skating by himself in Los Angeles or maybe he’s asked a Western Hockey League junior team if he can practise with them.

“All we know is he’s not in Edmonton,” said Olczyk.

The Islanders are under the NHL’s cap floor of $44 million and could easily fit in Souray, but they are loath to spend money. Colorado is under, too, but they are talking of trading for New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner because the Devils are over the cap. Columbus still seems the best bet for now. They are evaluating their roster through camp, however.

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Souray For Commodore Could Be A Match

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The important thing is that even if they are larger than life characters, neither Commodore nor Souray is a bad guy - and that’s critical for any team worried about tampering with fragile chemistry and impressionable personalities.

So it will be interesting to see how the conversation evolves - and if it actually turns into something more than just testing the waters. Most times, these sorts of talks die because there are too many variables in play and ultimately just gets too complicated. Once in a while, a couple of motivated and inspired GMs find a fit - and make it work. For all of the principals, this should be one of those times.

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Morning Line

Souray is a risk worth taking. If he comes aboard, he would be the best defenseman on the Jackets’ roster - arguably, the best they have ever had. He says he is healthy and seeking redemption. His swagger and brashness would be welcome among a troop of Boy Scouts, in a town where season-ticket sales have tanked, on a team with a huge hole on the power play.

-Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on Souray.

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Would Columbus Be A Fit For Souray?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Dispatch has learned that there have been internal conversations within the Blue Jackets about trading for Souray, a three-time All-Star with record-setting power play ability and one of the most fear slap shots in the NHL.

The likely candidate to be traded by Columbus would be Mike Commodore, the club’s highest- paid defenseman.

To be clear, there is no deal on the table between the Blue Jackets and Oilers. If there have been talks between Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, they have not been extensive or specific, The Dispatch has been told.

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Oilers Better Without Souray

from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey,

It seems Tambellini comes from the old school of people who seem to think we all should be responsible for our actions. Looks as if it was a perfectly novel approach to some. What Tambellini, by the action he had taken, told his players (and, by unspoken extension, sundry employees) is quite straightforward: think before you put match to bridges. You’re responsible for your actions, and you will be held as such. You’re an adult, after all, you can vote, you can run for public office, even, so, there it is. Know when to speak. Know what to say. Know how to say it. And, last but not least, know to whom you’re talking.

Sheldon Souray ignored all of this. Now, he’s paying the price. A steep price, too.

And the Oilers, even if they happen

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No Oilers Camp For Souray

from an Edmonton Oilers tweet,

Statement from #Oilers GM Tambellini: Souray was informed last week that he will not be attending Training Camp. More details coming soon.

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Souray With A Softer Approach

from TSN,

The 34-year old went public with his criticism of the team back in April and demanded a trade, stating that he felt as though he had been mistreated by the organization by being forced to play before he had completely recovered from a shoulder injury.  When the Oilers found no takers for their disgruntled defenceman either through waivers or a trade, it seemed as though the two-sides were headed towards a very nasty and very public divorce.

It appears that time has healed at least some of those wounds as Souray was back on the ice at the Rexall Centre Monday, skating with teammates for the first time since sounding off.  His stance also seems to have softened somewhat since making his initial demands.

“Things that I said, that’s five months ago,” Souray told TSN.  “We are in a completely different spot now and there is a lot of optimism.”

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Oilers Trying To Move Souray

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

GM Steve Tambellini of the Oilers talked to the Oilers own analyst Bob Stauffer on the Team 1260.

Tambellini on Sheldon Souray:  “Our intention is still, we’re trying to find some way where we can make a trade, some sort of scenario that can help another hockey club and it’s been difficult to do.”

Stauffer asked if anybody had made any offers at all, such as the Oilers taking back a bad contract.

“There hasn’t been an opportunity yet to make a deal,” Tambellini said.

Is it an option to bring him back? “I’m not going there at this point. I don’t want to go there because I’m focused on trying to make a deal and I want other teams to know that, too.”

continue for more on the Oilers…

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Bieksa Or Souray Could Help Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.

Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.

But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….

If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?

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What To Do With Souray?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Calgary Herald,

There’s not a big market these days for Souray’s skill-set — big shot, big minutes, toughness — because he has two years left on his deal. His tough style of play, which has resulted in injuries (wrist, shoulder, concussion and hand), has also scared off a few teams.

The Oilers’ best bet is to move Souray to a team that is long way from the NHL required cap floor of $44 million. The Atlanta Thrashers have $36.2 million committed to 15 players. The New York Islanders have $36.5 million for 21 players. The Colorado Avalanche have $38 million for 20 players, and the St. Louis Blues are at $40 million for 20 players.

But those teams might also want Tambellini to include a younger player in any deal.

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Hey Ottawa, Do You Want Souray?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The Oilers are getting rid of Sheldon Souray — he cleared waivers last Saturday — and, with that big booming shot and his toughness, he’d look good in a Senators jersey.

Souray is a $5.4-million cap hit for the next two seasons, however, and was limited last season to 37 games after breaking his hand and suffering a post-surgery infection. But he’s also proven to be an offensively dangerous defenceman.

Kuba, a veteran who moves the puck well and is decent defensively, is not a physical player and, with the arrival of Gonchar, is very much expendable. Or redundant, as someone put it Friday. With a cap hit of $3.7 million, the Oilers would be lightening their load in a swap for Souray. Ottawa would have to throw something else into the pot — at least $1.7 million worth of assets, in fact — and the Oilers have room for it, as they are more than $14 million under the cap.

Would you trade Kuba, Lee, and maybe a Nick Foligno or a Kuba, Campoli and Ryan Shannon for Souray? Or maybe Kuba, one other player and a draft pick?

more Sens talk…

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Souray On Waivers

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Told Sheldon Souray will not be bought out if he clears. He is owed 4.5M per for 2 more years. His cap hit is 5.4M

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Quinn’s Message To Souray

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Pat Quinn isn’t going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton….

“It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.

“I’m one of those guys that if you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around, get the hell out.”

“We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust.

“If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn’t bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t.

“Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing.”

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Souray Wants Out Of Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Another big name player wants out of Edmonton, as Sheldon Souray on Sunday uttered those four words that have come to haunt the Oilers franchise:

“I want a trade.”

“I do,” Souray repeated, sounding a little disappointed at the admission. “Yes, I do want a trade.”

If this isn’t rock bottom for the Edmonton Oilers, an organization that never recovered from Chris Pronger’s trade demand in the summer of ‘06, it’s hard to fathom things getting any worse.

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How Souray Could Become A Ranger

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers have been monitoring the situation in Edmonton with Sheldon Souray all year. Now that the veteran defenseman with the cannon from the power play point has included the Blueshirts on his list of teams for which he will waive his no-trade clause, Sather will be more than tempted—even with Souray likely to be sidelined until the third week of March with the broken hand he suffered in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla.

But Souray’s contract carries a $5.4 million cap hit through 2011-12. The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be by either including Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit through 2011-12) in the trade, or by sending No. 33 elsewhere in a separate deal without taking on much of a contract in return.

So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature—or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering—trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster.

more on the Rangers battle to make the playoffs…

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Report- The Souray List

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has a list of at least six teams Sheldon Souray would waive his no-trade clause to join, assuming one of these teams is willing to accept the gamble presented in Souray’s surgically-repaired hand.

Anaheim, Dallas and the Los Angeles Kings are listed as the three Western Conference teams on Souray’s wish list, while somewhat surprisingly, the Eastern Conference is well represented as well in Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers.

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Would The Avalanche Trade For An Injured Souray?

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Do I think the Avs are trying to trade Liles right now? Yes, absolutely. Nobody will go on the record saying that, but a couple conversations around the league I’ve had about his situation lead me to believe the answer is yes. Do I know where he might go? No, not at the moment.

The trade I advocated the other day (Liles and maybe a pick to Edmonton for Sheldon Souray) would appear to be dead in the water now, with Souray out indefinitely with a broken hand. But does it have to be? The fact is, Souray probably would be OK to play by early March or so, give or take a few, and his acquisition would be for a late-season run and, if all goes well, two more years after that.

So, theoretically anyway, such a deal still could happen.

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More Of A Mess In Edmonton Now That Souray Is Out With Broken Wrist/Hand

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Souray and Iginla had a nasty, nasty fight, where Souray was throwing wild shots and was clearly out to hurt Iginla as much as he could.

I don’t blame Souray for his outrage. Iginla had hurt him bad. And, the fact is, the NHL should have suspended Iginla for ten games for such a reckless play. With the NHL refusing to properly police its own players, the law of the jungle applies, and it’s hard to blame Souray for wanting to pulverize Iginla.

I now read that Oilers coach Pat Quinn says Souray has fractured his wrist (is that the same wrist where he took off the wrist-protector before fighting Iginla).

Great! Just #$%@#$A!@# great!

Way to go Sheldon Souray! Way to go Kevin Lowe! Way to go Steve Tambellini!

If Tambellini actually had a chance to move Souray before Saturday’s game—and I certainly don’t know if he did or not—it’s even more frustrating to think about this whole mess.

more and watch the fight below…

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Does Souray In Colorado Make Sense?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

At this point to the season, I think it’s become clear what one remaining weakness of the Avalanche is, and one that needs to be addressed if it wants any shot at making and/or going deep into the playoffs: the power play.
Specifically, the Burgundy and Blue lack a point man with great PP quarterback abilities, one with a huge slap shot that makes the D back off and creates more garbage rebound goals for the forwards in front….

This is why I think the Avs should make a serious pitch for Souray, the Edmonton veteran. Yes, I know Souray is having a bad year and has had some off-ice drama as well. I know he’s 33 and a bit slow and doesn’t make a great pass out of his own zone. But I do know he still has one of the most feared slap shots in the game, and he can really play a mean, physical game down low.

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Establishing The Value Of Souray

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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Souray Can Control His Destination Until July 1st

from Gene Principe of Sportsnet,

“I never thought I’d be waiving it (no trade clause),” Souray said. “I chose Edmonton over other teams because I intended on staying here.”

His future in an Oilers uniform could now be in jeopardy as Souray’s agent and Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini look at other possible hockey destinations for the defenceman.

“It’s probably best you talk to my agent and Steve (Tambellini),” Souray said. “We are submitting a list of teams that I would consider being moved to and I gave them my opinion on it. In a few more months (July 1), the no-trade clause doesn’t apply so then they can move me anywhere.”...

“It would have to be a good situation and it would have to be a good team. Family is as important to me as the game and that’s why I first signed in Edmonton.”

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Souray Could Be A Fit With The Rangers

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 33-year-old blueliner entered the weekend with 12 points (3-9) and a minus-14 rating in 30 games this season, not the kind of return you’d expect for a $5.4 million cap hit. On the other hand, he’s surrounded by the 2009-10 Oilers, not the 1986-87 Oilers. A change of scenery could very well bring out the old Souray, not to mention the fact his actual salary goes down to $4.5 million for the last two years of his deal (starting next season).

One NHL team I believe has interest is the New York Rangers, a club that could certainly use his offensive touch from the back end. I also think Souray would welcome a move to New York. But to make it happen, the Rangers would need to create cap room by shedding the contracts of either Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit; will earn $4 million next season and $3 million in last year in 2011-12) or Wade Redden ($6.5 million cap hit; four more years left after this season at $6.5 million for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and $5 million per year in 2012-13 and 2013-14).

more plus, Penguins, Predators, Senators and Stars talk…

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Souray Would Waive NTC If It Made Sense

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray said Friday he is open to waiving his no-trade clause if the team needs to deal him to improve its fortunes.

He stressed that he is not looking to get out of Edmonton and that any new destination would have to “make sense.”

In other words, it would have to mesh with the fact his children live with their mother in California and regularly fly to Edmonton to see him during the National Hockey League season.

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Afternoon Line

“There are a lot of nights when it’s pretty tough to watch us.

“If we’re going to turn this around, we’re going to have to do a complete 180 degrees. We know we’re better than this, but we can’t seem to put our finger in the hole to stop the water from leaking out.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on the Oilers from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Keep Your Head Up

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

For all the words spent on the National Hockey League’s growing problem with concussions, Sheldon Souray figures you can get rid of 90 percent of them with two words:

“Heads up!”

“I do it — and guys have done it for me,” Souray said this week. “As a matter of fact it happened at the end of (Saturday’s Washington) game, against Ovechkin. I was going to hit him and said, ‘Head’s up!’ You know. ‘It’s comin’!’”

He’s fine with a hard hit, and like most NHLers, Souray says of Mike Richards’ hit on David Booth “there is an element of risk to this game.” Injurious mistakes — like Jarome Iginla’s inadvertent trip that cost Souray 16 games with a concussion — are never going to be eliminated from the game.

But it is time for the players to put an end to the needless, high hits that happen along the boards and in the corners, delivered by players who need to know better.

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Sheldon Souray Hits The Gossip Pages

Various U.S. publications and social media are reporting that Souray’s ex Anjelica Bridges, “the Cougar of the Year,” is alleging that Souray tricked her out of millions and now is allegedly “threatening” to keep their children in Canada against her will.

read all about it from David Staples at The Cult Of Hockey.

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Souray Speaks On Edmonton Season

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

“Some guys came in here this year thinking this is an easy game,” said defenceman Sheldon Souray, who shot straighter after practice on Wednesday than he has in the last 10 games.

” ‘The crowd loves me. I got points in junior, I got points in the minors, I got points here last year, I’m going to be great this year.’ Well, any professional will tell you, when people know about you, now there is expectation. Opponents know you and pay attention to you. The organization puts more expectation on you.

“Look, last year was a totally different situation. You hope that some of this experience lends itself to making you better next year.” If the sharpest of those accusations sound like a shot across the bow of the sophomore set, Souray said his focus was not that narrow. Young and old have to take responsibility for this debacle, he stressed, and he made it clear by missing only goalie Dwayne Roloson with the broad brush of blame.

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Morning Line

“We don’t have as many points as we should have had after the last 10 games. If we would have had those points, we wouldn’t be talking about Columbus or St. Louis. We’d be talking about challenging Vancouver….”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Souray via JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.

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Souray Proving His Worth

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

With 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points, while at the same time being a plus player this season, Souray has not just been a big shot from the point but a complete player at his position.

Scoring the game winner in each of the previous two games and producing a goal and an assist when it mattered most in last night’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators, Souray became the Oilers’ top goal scorer for the season to put him on pace to duplicate his 64-point Montreal Canadiens 2006-07 season and do it without that massive minus.

“You are always a work in progress but I don’t think people knew me well enough, or had seen me play enough,” said Souray of those who thought his acquisition was a major mistake by the then general manager….”

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Souray’s Top 5

From the Edmonton Oilers:

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray has nothing against Celine Dion—there are simply certain songs that he’d rather not hear the Canadian songstress perform, including an up-beat tune by rowdy rappers The Beastie Boys.

Check out Souray’s Top 5 in a few categories.  (And keeping Celine away from “Suck My Kiss” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is another fine choice by Souray, if you ask me. Just sayin’.)

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