Blue Jackets Considering Souray

The latest twist in the dysfunctional relationship between the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Sheldon Souray occurred last week, when the Oilers took the odd step of barring Souray from attending training camp.

Yes, Souray has publicly (and harshly) criticized the Oilers and demanded a trade, but trading Souray, his hefty contract and his lengthy history of injuries would seem to only get more difficult by keeping him off the ice.

It’s a simmering problem that must be settled soon, and the Blue Jackets could be the team to remedy the Oilers-Souray standoff.

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.

The Blue Jackets want to see how their defensemen look in the early stages of training camp, both in terms of how they’ve improved over the off-season and how they adapt to new coach Scott Arniel’s go-go-go system. But Sunday’s injury to defenseman Kris Russell could speed up the process.

There is much to consider about such a trade, but — on paper at least — it appears to make sense for both clubs.

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2010/09/blue_jackets_considering_soura_1.shtml


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