Oiler rookies watching veterans

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Oilers management wants its rookies to learn from the veterans, but who could have guessed that Sheldon Souray, from hundreds of kilometres away, would be serving up the first valuable lesson?

In coming out and blasting the Oilers organization at the end of last season, Souray effectively slammed the door on a return to Edmonton in any way, shape or form.

Don't think the rookies haven't noticed.

"I was pretty surprised to hear that he was in Edmonton, and then I saw Steve's comments," said Taylor Hall.

"I don't really have much to say, but the only thing you can take from it is that you have to watch what you say, and some things you can't go back on."

"A word can change a sentence and a sentence can change a whole story. You have to watch what you say. Every interview I come into I have an idea what I want to say."

Souray hit the franchise with both barrels, saying, among other things, that Kevin Lowe pressured him to play while injured and Steve Tambellini turned his back on him after he broke his hand. He basically blew up the bridge behind him in an effort to force a trade.

Never in a million years did Souray think he'd be back in Edmonton this fall, but when Tambellini couldn't find any takers on the trade front and nobody wanted him for nothing off the waiver wire, he was still Oilers property.

But the damage was done, and there can be no going back.

Hall and the other rookies are staying out of the whole mess.

"I don't know Sheldon personally, I don't know what he went through at all, and I don't know what Steve is thinking," said Hall.

"So it's hard to say."


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