Who wants Souray the most?

Oilers blue-line big gun likely on the move before trade deadline

By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray isn’t saying what clubs he would play for and waive his no-trade clause, but you can bet these teams are on his list — Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

The Western Conference teams are because they are close to Los Angeles, where his children are living; the Eastern Conference teams because they are either Stanley Cup contenders, he has a close tie-in (New Jersey with head coach Jacques Lemaire), or it’s the Big Apple.

The Kings seem lukewarm right now and Phoenix has one of the two or three lowest payrolls in the league and don’t want to spend much dough. The Rangers are always in the hunt at trade deadline time and need a bomber from the point, but wouldn’t take Souray unless they could move Michal Roszival, who has a salary cap hit of $5 million for two more years. That seems like a lateral move for the Oilers, who likely want to get younger by trading for prospects or somebody like centre Brandon Dubinsky or defenceman Dan Girardi.

Here’s the better possibilities:

– – Washington: Seems ludicrous on the surface because they already have Mike Green to man their power-play point along with Alex Ovechkin, but there’s a pretty good drop off on their back-end after Green. They could use Souray’s toughness and maybe use him against Crosby and Co. when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have salary cap room ($55.3 million) right now after dealing Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to Columbus, could deal Souray in the summer if need be, and have lots of prospects, although they wouldn’t deal defencemen Karl Alzner or John Carlson, their best young blue-liners.

– – New Jersey: Maybe the best chance for relocation. Lemaire was Souray’s first NHL coach. He likes him, a lot, and the feeling is mutual. The Devils are certainly a Cup threat, battling for top spot in the East even without defenceman Paul Martin, who’s been out with a busted forearm for months. The Devils need somebody to run their power play. They have cap room and New Jersey always drafts well so they have assets. Reportedly, they would move Swedish forward Niklas Bergfors (27 points, 13 goals) and former world junior forward Matt Halischuk, although the Oilers should maybe hold out for big Canadian junior forward Adam Henrique from Windsor. The Devils would move defenceman Andy Greene (24 points), too.


9 Responses to Who wants Souray the most?

  1. honestabe says:

    The biggest thing going against Souray is his ridiculous contract. 
    Oh that and his poor defensive play. 

  2. Kramer says:

    The Oilers always improve when the price of oil goes up.

  3. broc says:

    Know what I like the most?


  4. albertateams says:

    The Oilers should trade make the following trades before the deadline:

    Oilers:Oscar Moeller + pick

    Dallas: Lubomir Visnovsky and Andrew Cogliano
    Oilers: Phillip Larson, Scott Glennie and a 1st round pick(might have to settle for a 2nd round pick)

    Trade Patrick O'Sullivan, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, and Robert Nilsson for anything.

    See if their is any interest at the trade deadline for Mike Comrie and Fernando Pisani if not let them walk in the offseason.

    If they could move Horcoff then do it but I don't think they can.

    Sign Dan Hamuis and Chris Mason in the offseason. Draft Taylor Hall 1st overall.

    Then there 2010-2011 lineup (Not lines or D pairings) looks like:

    Hemsky(4.1) Horcoff (5.5) Hall (3.75)
    Penner(4.25) Gagner(2.0) MPS(1.2)
    Moller(0.662) Brule(1.5) Eberle(1.2)
    Stortini (0.8) Pouliot(0.9) Potulny(0.7)

    Gilbert(4.0) Grebeshkov(3.5)
    Smid(1.4) Hamuis(3.5)
    Peckham(0.8) Chorney(0.95)

    Nikolai Khabibulin (3.75)
    Chris Mason (3.0)

    Cap hit (47.62) So they can pursue another freeagent or deal with the contracts they can't move.You bring up a lot of the young guys and see what they got, If nothing else it would be entertaining.

  5. reinjosh says:

    I believe that Tambellini has stated (or maybe it was speculated) that Cogs and O'Sullivan are part of the no trade list he has.

  6. reinjosh says:

    and I don't think they want to have their top 3 right wingers all being rookies.
    but they might want to let them get experience and go after another top 10 pick

  7. albertateams says:

    I don't really think that any one on the Oilers is untouchable. Cogliano is probably one of the more likely to get traded. How many times have they already tried to trade him 2-3? As for O'Sullivan  if they can get rid of his salary they would.

  8. albertateams says:

    If you actually read I said these aren't the lines. Hall is a LW, Eberle is a center and MSP is a LW. So  it may be the case that none of them play RW. I could definitely see the Oilers having all three in the lineup next season, look how many rookies Colorado is playing with. With the lineup proposed I think they would be going after another top ten pick.

  9. reinjosh says:

    haha, my mistake
    these things tend to get ignored when i waste time on here when i should be doing essays
    and yeah that makes a lot of sense
    i dont know the oilers and hate them (naturally, being a hardcore flames fan)
    but they will be scary with Eberle, MSP and Seguin or Hall if they all play up to expectations

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