Ex-Oiler Souray thriving in Dallas
Derek Van Diest, QMI Agency
|Dallas Stars defenceman Sheldon Souray (PERRY MAH / QMI AGENCY)
EDMONTON - Having lost his personal battle with Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, it appeared as though Sheldon Souray may have seen the last of the NHL.
The Oilers couldn’t give the defenceman away after banishing him to the American Hockey League due to an ill-advised trade request.
But having signed a one-year free agent-deal with the Dallas Stars at considerably less than what the Oilers were paying him in the minors last year, Souray is thriving.
Heading into Monday’s contest, he has four goals and 13 points and has a plus-nine rating.
“He’s doing great, he’s a good player,” said Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff. “It was only a matter of time before he found his way back into the league. It’s good to see both sides move on and having some success. Hopefully though, it won’t come against us.”
The relationships with Souray and the Oilers soured when he asked the club for a trade, going public with his demand.
The problem was Souray was injured at the time and was collecting too big of a cheque for anyone to want him.
The following season, he showed up at training camp, only to be told to go home pending a deal. When that didn’t materialize the Oilers waived him on multiple occasions hoping someone would take Souray off their hands. Eventually, they sent Souray to play in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, who the Oilers weren’t even affiliated with.
“He’s a great player,” said Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert. “You don’t score 26 goals in a year, become an NHL all-star and not find your way back in the league.
“It was unfortunate it didn’t work out here, but he’s found a good spot in Dallas and it’s worked out for him there.”