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Hockey Talk: Sheldon Souray

at 9:27 - 14th, September 2010
I liked Souray because of him being a back up Hab on NHL 2k3 for the gamecube.
he was considered a heavy hitter so i used to go around with him and try to injure people.

then i saw him actually play on the Habs and it's was nice. guy had a wicked shot.

i think his contract ended and Edmonton snatched him up, either that or there was a trade. Anyway, sad to see him go but it was ok in the end because he had been hurt at the end of the season with the habs and then was hurt the next season and the one after that.

Last season was terrible for the Oilers though. they came last in the league. LAST.

it was kind of sad really because i saw the game opener for the Oilers last season. the arena was packed and people were so hopeful.

Souray was unhappy with management and wanted out.

Now he's being blocked from coming into practise with the team because he would be a distraction. He doesn't agree but I think the management is right.

From Edmonton Journal

PENTICTON. B.C. — The welcome mat isn’t out for defenceman Sheldon Souray, so he won’t be tugging on his No. 44 jersey when the Edmonton Oilers open their training camp sessions Saturday at Rexall Place.

“I said in the summer we were making changes going forward,” Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told the media at Penticton, B.C., where the team’s rookies are playing in a prospects tournament with four other NHL teams.

“We’re sticking with the plan. Our ownership, our management, our coaches are all on board and we’re not going to change it.”

Tambellini not only doesn’t want Souray in training camp, he also made it clear that the defenceman will not be in an Oilers jersey at any point this season.

“Master of the obvious ... I guess they don’t want this to be a distraction,” said Souray, who voiced his displeasure with management at the end of last season and said he wanted to be traded.

“I wouldn’t be a distraction ... I was planning on coming in, planning on being focused and ready to do whatever to be a professional,” said Souray, who is back in town skating with the other Oilers at Kinsmen Arena.

“Why would I have been a distraction? I’m a professional. No one is more anxious to get back on the ice and get myself back to the player I know I can be.”

Souray has two years left on his contract with a salary-cap hit of $5.4 million US each of the next two years Technically, that should allow him to show up for camp, but the Oilers want him to stay away while they continue to work on a trade.

Souray just found out during the weekend that he wasn’t wanted at the rink this weekend.

“I don’t know what they (Tambellini) would be worried about,” he said. “But that’s fine. I’m ready to go. I’m healthy. I feel great.

“It’s well within their right to keep me away. Technically, I’m their property. They can do whatever they want with me. I guess it’s no different than anybody else in any other job with a contract. If they don’t like the job you’re doing, then can tell you, ‘Stay home today, we don’t need you.’

“If they felt that way, you wouldn’t want to go to work anyway,” he said.

The Oilers have been trying to trade Souray for months with no takers for the 34-year-old.

But it’s also because he’s been hurt a good deal. Last year, he missed 16 games with a nasty concussion, then sat out the final 29 games with a broken hand that became infected.

“We’re going to have to find a way,” said Tambellini. “Sheldon has expressed a strong interest over a long period of time that it’s best for him to move. We’re going to try and help him with that.

“I couldn’t get that done prior to camp — I hope to get it done through camp — but it’s best for the Oilers, for him, not to be at camp.”

According to one report his agent, Paul Theofanous, said he had received a call from the Oilers last Friday. He said he wanted the decision in writing. The Oilers sent an e-mail on Monday.

“I wanted to be clear coming into camp ... that it’s best he’s not attending,” said Tambellini. “We’ve talked about this as a group ... and we’re sticking with our plan.

“I want to be able to look forward. I know we have to deal with this. I know Sheldon wants to play on another team. We’re going to have to wait awhile.”

Souray, who says he’ll find somebody else to skate with after the Oilers open their training camp, is disappointed but realistic at the news they don’t want him around.

“I literally do not know what their plan is for me. I’ll sit and wait. If they want me to report somewhere else, when or where, at the end of the day, my contract is with them and I’m

prepared to honour it, wherever,” said Souray, who cleared NHL waivers several months back when the 29 other teams had a free shot at him.

Theoretically, he could be sent to the Oilers’ American Hockey League farm club in Oklahoma City because he cleared waivers, but that opens another can of worms.

“They can send me down but if they get a trade, then they have to call me back up. Then I would be eligible for re-entry waivers (a team could take him at half the money on his contract, with the Oilers on the hook for the rest),” said Souray.

The Oilers wouldn’t likely want that.

“I was thinking something would happen in the summer but Steve knows better than me (what’s been offered),” said Souray. “I trained all summer to come to camp and be the best player I could be. Wherever the chips would fall after that, fine.

“That’s still my focus, even if I’m not in camp in Edmonton. I’m healthy, prepared, focused. Whoever gets me is going to be happy, and they’re going to get a pretty motivated Sheldon Souray. I’ll continue to

stay in shape and go to the next team that wants me,” he said.

Souray reiterated that his body feels great after shoulder problems his first of three seasons with the Oilers, then the concussion and broken hand last year.

“I’m going to have a medical done in the next few days,” he said. “For sure, I feel 100 per cent. I feel better than I have in the last four or five years,” he said.

Who’s doing the medical if the Oilers won’t invite him to camp?

“I have no idea,” Souray said with a laugh.

I hope Souray has a back up plan. if he's not picked up that's it for him.
Mind you, 10 Mil$ for the next two years isn't a bad little amount either.

• Alex


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Schu Schu
News comment 1 | User comment 370 | 10:56 - 14th, Sep 2010

Sheldon Souray could always go back to soap operas. Oh wait. He's already in one. Here's the plot: Big time big ego hockey player who was know as "the Gorgeous Pylon" has to eat his overpriced contract in the AHL down with the Oklahoma City Barons. Riding the bus, facing nowhere players, or facing a move to Europe, with hilarious hijinks and high drama.

I'd watch it.

On that note, I thought it was known in April they don't want him in camp. Guess he's the only one who didn't know about it. Moral of the story is don't burn your bridges behind you.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4876 | 11:29 - 14th, Sep 2010

is there a hockey gossip website or something?
where did you get all this info?

Schu Schu
News comment 3 | User comment 370 | 11:33 - 14th, Sep 2010

What info? My made-up soap opera or the fact everyone but him knew the Oilers didn't want him back after he publicly blasted management to the press at the end of last season?

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4876 | 11:46 - 14th, Sep 2010

so it's mostly press then. where do you go for your hockey news then?

Schu Schu
News comment 5 | User comment 370 | 12:15 - 14th, Sep 2010

Radio, internets, twitter. Dunno, I just seem to stumble upon it. The hard part is weeding out the bullcrap from the facts but it's usually easy to figure out.

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