Souray deal getting closer

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

Sheldon Souray may be getting close to a ticket out of town.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has been on the trading block since asking to be moved at the end of the season.

On Thursday, Souray’s no-trade clause expired meaning the Oilers are able to ship him wherever they deem fit.

“I’ve had some discussions,” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. “But I don’t feel I can tell you I’ve made progress at this point.”

Souray, 33, has two years left on his contract that will pay him $5.4-million in each of the next two seasons.

Last year, the Elk Point, Alta., product had a disappointing campaign, scoring just four goals and adding nine assists in 37 games. At the end of the campaign, Souray went public with a trade request out of Edmonton, which Tambellini has been trying to oblige.

On the eve of free agency, Tambellini would not comment on rumours Souray may be heading to St. Louis in exchange for Eric Brewer.

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks also may be possible suitors.

A day later the Oilers GM admitted that now that the first day of free agency has passed, it’s possible he’ll entertain more offers for the defenceman.

“That’s probably something that could happen once teams figure out where they were successful (on free agency) and where they missed out,” Tambellini said. “Maybe that will come more into play, but we’ll see.”

Oil drops ...

The Oilers have come to terms with forward Colin Fraser, on a two-year deal worth $1.65 million. Fraser, 25, a restricted free agent, was acquired last week in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

He scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 70 games for Chicago last season, but is more known for the sandpaper he provides to the lineup.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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