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Oilers play waiting game

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Free to a good home: Big, rugged defenceman with booming shot. Friendly, protective, but not quite housebroken (dumped all over the Oilers last spring).

Now that the something-for-nothing strategy has twice failed, with Sheldon Souray clearing waivers in July and September, and no trade partner in sight, Steve Tambellini is moving on to plan C and D in his efforts to unload Sheldon Souray.

Barring a last-minute trade, Souray will be assigned to Oklahoma City in the AHL at the 1 p.m. roster deadline Wednesday afternoon.

“We wanted to give ourselves every day that we could to see if there was something that made sense,” said the Oilers general manager, who hasn’t had a decent lead in the five months since Souray ripped upper management a new five-hole. “That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen at this point. By Wednesday we’ll have to make a decision.”

It’s either put him on Edmonton’s 23-man roster, at the expense of someone they want here, or assign him to Oklahoma. Once assigned, they could expose Souray to re-entry waivers, allowing somebody else to pick him up for half of his $5.4 million cap hit (Edmonton would be on the hook for the other half for the duration of his two-year contract).

That’s a scenario that might interest a few teams.

As for having three goalies in camp, Tambellini says don’t get used to it — there will be movement there, too.

“I’d rather not have the three, we’ll make a decision here as soon as we can. We’ll get this problem solved soon.”


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