Oilers put Souray on waivers

The Oilers couldn't find any takers for Sheldon Souray, so the club placed him on waivers on...

The Oilers couldn't find any takers for Sheldon Souray, so the club placed him on waivers on Friday. (QMI Agency/Jason Franson)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers are prepared to cut their losses with defenceman Sheldon Souray.

On Friday, the Oilers waived Souray, a day after his no-trade clause had expired. Teams have 24 hours to claim the defenceman or he remains their property.

“I understand the business side of things,” Souray told TSN. “And I hope things work out for both the Oilers and for myself.”

The product of Elk Point, Alta., has two years left on his contract that is to pay him $5.4-million per season.

He signed a five-year free-agent deal in 2007, but requested a trade following a disappointing, injury-riddled season last year.

Souray, 33, scored four goals and added nine assists in 34 games for the Oilers last season. He missed a portion of the year when run into the end boards by Jarome Iginla and then had it come to a premature end after breaking his hand following a fight with the Flames captain.

Originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Souray scored 23 goals and added 30 assists in 81 games two seasons ago for the Oilers.

General manager Steve Tambellini has been trying to move the six-foot-four, 233-pound blue-liner since his trade request became public toward the end of the season.

The fact he’s willing to give Souray away leads many to believe there have been no takers.

Tambellini was not available for comment on Friday.

Prospects coming in

The Oilers will be hosting their 2010 development camp next week starting Tuesday and running through Friday at Clareview Arena. A total of 28 players are reporting to camp, including Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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