Oilers will move Souray

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

Sheldon Souray will get his wish.

Steve Tambellini, who never speaks openly about player moves that might be made in the future, made an exception in the case of the disgruntled defenceman.

He said if there’s any way he can move him out of Edmonton, at or before the draft, he will.

“I’ll try to,” said the Oilers GM, whose job became a little tougher after Souray declared war on management, alerting every other GM in the league that Edmonton is dealing from weakness in this one.

“I know he didn’t help the situation. It’s no secret that Sheldon wants out of Edmonton. That’s fine.”

Tambellini doesn’t want to stir up the coals, other than to say Souray is way off base with all of his recent accusations.

“The comment that I didn’t call him in the hospital — I think I had three quarters of the team in the hospital this year,” he said of 531 games lost to injury and illness, including a half dozen surgeries. “We have medical staff and doctors under our direction who are in daily touch with people. We get a status update every day.

“I can’t believe that people would think that’s a reason to leave this city. Anyway, I’m not worried about that anymore. We know what were going forward with and the type of people that we’re going forward with. It’s a total different mindset here that we have to get back to.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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