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Quinn says 'get the hell out'

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray wants to be traded. (QMI Agency file/Jordan Verlage)

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray wants to be traded. (QMI Agency file/Jordan Verlage)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

Pat Quinn isn't going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton.

In fact, the head coach pretty much offered to drive him to the airport. Maybe even pay for the ticket out of town.

"It's been no secret here. He's made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade)," said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.

"I'm one of those guys that if you don't want to play here, don't screw around, get the hell out."

"We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate's eyes and say 'I'm giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That's how a team builds trust.

"If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn't bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don't.

"Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing."

Souray ripped the organization earlier this week saying management forced him to play while he was still injured three years ago and then turned its back on him when he broke his hand in January.

"This organization, certainly in my time, and I know the people involved here, are not people who would order them to go and play if they were in (injured).

"Legally it's dumb. Secondly, I as a coach don't want a guy in the lineup wearing the sweater who is in a position to let his teammates down because he is not physically or mentally ready to go."


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