Ball in Oilers’ court, Souray says of possible trade

Joanne Ireland,

If the Edmonton Oilers elect to deal Sheldon Souray by the trade deadline, general manager Steve Tambellini now knows his parameters.

Souray, who recently stated he’d waive his no-movement clause if the scenario was the right one, has since relayed his preferences to team management as well as his agent.

“I’ve talked to both separately. The ball’s in their court,” Souray said on Sunday.

His no-move clause expires in July. His contract is up at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky is another who can’t be moved without his consent, and centre Shawn Horcoff has a no-trade clause attached to his contract.

“I just gave them my opinion and from there they will do whatever they want to do. I’m not really thinking about it. I’m not going to tie anyone’s hands,” continued Souray.

“I come to the rink every day proud to be an Oiler. It hasn’t changed the way I play. It won’t. It’s business.”

When he signed his five-year contract with the Oilers in 2007, Souray proclaimed it was an ideal fit. It was not only a hockey market, but what was equally important was that it was a decent distance to and from Los Angeles where his two daughters live with their mother. It was also close to his family. The hard-shooting defenceman was born in Elk Point.

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