Update, 11:11 p.m.:
Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal
reports that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said he has not received a call from anyone interested in Souray.Original Post:
Mark Spector at Sportsnet
reports that the Rangers are actively scouting Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray, and could begin the process of acquiring his services within the next few days..."Rangers pro scout Kevin Maxwell is credentialed for tonight’s game in Atlantic City between the Hershey Bears and the Albany Devils, and another Rangers scout is on his way to Hershey for back-to-back Bears games Saturday and Sunday against Manitoba.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather has already passed through Hershey to have a firsthand look at Souray, who is healthy and back playing for the Bears, after suffering a pair of injuries this season."
Souray, who comes with a cap hit of $5.4 million a year (contract ends in 2012), can be claimed by the Rangers for half price if the Oilers decide to place him on re-entry waivers.
Souray is 3-10-13 in 19 games....very conflicted with Souray. The Rangers could desperately use his bomb of a shot from the point on the power play and at half the price it makes him even more appealing.
...on the other hand whose spot is he taking in the lineup? McDonagh's? Eminger's? And how effective can he be at this age and after all of his injuries?
...after thinking long and hard, I hope the Rangers pass. Even at half the price he still costs $2.7 per and the Rangers could really use that cap space to re-sign players and maybe bring some in this off-season. Would also hate to see one of the Rangers young defensemen lose valuable playing time. Bottom line, Souray is not the missing piece for a Cup run so bringing him in would be very reminiscent of the bad moves Sather made in the early 2000s. Can you imagine how bad the move would look next year?
...let me hear your thoughts on bringing Souray in.
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