Sheldon Souray still sits on our roster, taking up a spot, as we all know. Teams must submit their 23-man opening game rosters prior to the season starting, which is October 7th (i.e. Thursday… 2 days from now). This might force Tambellini’s hand.
Bob McKenzie already described the Oilers’ options in a fine article, so I won’t re-spew that, but I’ll summarize and re-update the options.
For starters, Souray has already cleared waivers… so it would stand to reason that regular waivers are no longer an option. So that leaves just a few possibilities here:
- Send him to the Oklahoma Barons (AHL) for at least the start of the season.
- Send him to the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) for at least the start of the season.
- Loan him to another team’s AHL club, as was done with Nylander by the Capitals.
- Assign him somewhere, then recall him, exposing him to recall waivers, where he would almost undoubtedly get claimed. The Oilers would pay 50% of his salary and have 50% of his cap hit for the remainder of his contract (2 years).
- Leave him on the roster until a trade is possible, forcing the team to assign someone to the AHL, at least temporarily.
I personally think the Oilers are going to go the recall waivers route, because I can’t see any team being desperate enough to trade for him anytime soon. Do we want to risk another player on waivers, or demote one of the rookies in order to get 50 cents on the dollar for Souray?
That said, what are your guys’ thoughts? What SHOULD the Oilers do?