Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Que Souray?

From Mark Spector, Sportsnet.ca , Apr 12th 2010

Though Oilers trainer Ken Lowe was exceptional in keeping daily tabs on Souray’s medical progress, Souray said he never once heard from GM Steve Tambellini. Not even a courtesy call from the GM, who did not respond to a request to speak with sportsnet.ca Sunday evening.
"Maybe they think I’m a black sheep," Souray said. "But it’s not about me — it wouldn’t matter who it happened to. You’d think someone would want to check on the asset, wouldn’t you?
"The Oilers always prided themselves in being a family. Whatever happened to that? I haven’t talked to (Tambellini) since mid-January."
Tambellini will be actively peddling Souray this summer, something he couldn’t do at the trade deadline because of the hand injury. Souray would welcome a trade, but realizes he may have to open the season in Edmonton if Tambellini can’t find a satisfactory deal.
"I still have two years left on my contract. I made a commitment to come here when other guys wouldn’t," he said. "But you talk about Prongs (Chris Pronger) and guys like that, and it should raise an eyebrow when players who leave town are skipping out with a smile on their face." 

To this, from Mike Brophy, Sportsnet.ca (for consistency), Sep 13th 2010

Souray said he was told by the Oilers he would not be invited to camp because the team is worried the situation will be a distraction to the other players.
"It's disappointing, but at the same time it's not exactly unexpected," Souray said. "I plan to continue to skate with the guys at our informal skates in preparation for the season."

Souray's being vocal here, both times, whereas Tambellini has been reserved, his silence deafening. Tambellini will be very business-like here, but he's made moving Souray even less profitable with this snub. Edmonton reeks of desperation.

A healthy Souray would bolster any team in contention, notching 20+ goals in the last two full seasons he's played, however, $5.4mil in cap hit for two years worth of an injury-prone, 34-year-old "distraction" isn't exactly tantalizing. Edmonton would need to recoup a defenceman in any deal.

Any team you know with a defenceman or two to spare, known for making big deals to get disgruntled players away from bad situations? If I wasn't certain Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke hated each other, I'd almost be worried.

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