It looks like the Sheldon Souray drama, which started last May, is finally over. The Edmonton Oilers have placed the former star defender on re-entry waivers, meaning any team can claim him at half the cap hit, with the Oilers responsible for the other half. If claimed, the Oilers will pay half of Souray's contract this and next season.
With the trade deadline being now just eight days away, the Oilers decided this was the best time to move the defender, who requested trade out of Edmonton last spring. The Oilers were unable to move Sheldon do to a lack of interest, not because he wasn't a good player but because he was oft-injured and has a big contract. Many teams have watched Souray this season and have not liked his play.
Souray has one more season left on his contract following this season, so he won't be a rental for any team that claims him. Teams have until Monday at noon to place the claim on the former All-Star.
Rumor right now around Twitter has it that the New Jersey Devils have claimed Souray and he will become Devils' property tomorrow at noon, however the report has not been confirmed by TSN, the Oilers or the Devils, and don't expect it to until tomorrow.
One tweet on Twitter did mention how word of the Devils' claim has spread around the press box at MSG this afternoon at the Philadelphia Flyers/New York Rangers game, so it looks like the Devils have put a claim in.
Should the Oilers trade Ales Hemsky?
Ales Hemsky to Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals Rumors Heat Up
While the big story around the Oilers is Souray being put on re-entry waivers, trade rumors about Hemsky are flying around. There are reports out there that the Kings are interested, but we all knew that.
They have offered Wayne Simmonds and a first-round pick to the Oilers, which was rejected. The Oil are looking for either Brayden Schenn, a top defensive prospect and a pick or a roster player in return.
As for the Penguins, it was said this morning that Pittsburgh feels the price is too high for Hemsky and the Oilers are after a top Pens prospect, but no names were leaked there.
As for Washington, the new team in on Hemsky, they have talked to Edmonton in the last few days and it looks like the Oilers want either John Carlson or Karl Alzner (two top defensive prospects) in return, and a roster player or a pick.
It seems the Oilers asking price is really high on Hemsky, which it is, and teams are actually willing to pay that price. The Oilers really could fix some holes with a Hemsky trade this trade deadline.
Nashville Predators Want Ladislav Smid
Another rumor out there is that Nashville is really interested in grabbing Smid from Edmonton, which makes sense as they have been watching the Oilers in their last few games. It will be interesting to see what type of return the Oilers would be looking at getting for Smid.
With the deadline only eight days away, it will be interesting to see what the Oilers actually do tradewise. You can follow me on Twitter @AToilfan83 to get up to the minute Oilers updates, and you can expect a few blogs this week surrounding the Oilers rumorwise and tradewise.