Oilers Rumors – Souray to San Jose????
Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal
Souray , anyone?
There aren’t a lot of teams lining up to trade for Oilers Sheldon Souray because of his $5.4-million cap hit for two more years. One possibility may be the San Jose Sharks, who need help on the blue-line, especially if Rob Blake retires and they lose his big shot and $3.5-million worth of salary. The Sharks would likely offer defenceman Kent Huskins and forward Torrey Mitchell in return. Huskins, a No. 5 or 6 blue-liner at best, makes $1.7 million for one more year. Mitchell, who hasn’t been the same player since breaking his leg and having knee problems, is a $1.3-million cap hit. New Jersey, which had an awful power play against the Flyers in Round 1, are the other possibility.
Versteeg to Oilers?
If you were the Oilers, would you give up the first pick in Round 2 for Hawks winger Kris Versteeg , who has two more years left at $3 million a season, a salary the cap-starved Hawks can’t afford? Definitely not off his play in the Stanley Cup final, but Versteeg is only 24 years old and has the ability to be a second-line, 30-goal scorer. The 31st pick overall is a hefty price –their No. 45 would be more appealing, but, hey, Versteeg is a talent.