EDMONTON — Another big name player wants out of Edmonton, as Sheldon Souray on Sunday uttered those four words that have come to haunt the Oilers franchise:
"I want a trade."
"I do," Souray repeated, sounding a little disappointed at the admission. "Yes, I do want a trade."
If this isn’t rock bottom for the Edmonton Oilers, an organization that never recovered from Chris Pronger’s trade demand in the summer of ‘06, it’s hard to fathom things getting any worse.
The Oilers finished dead last in the National Hockey League this season. Its American Hockey League farm team finished dead last in that league.
The NHL regular season ended on the weekend with Edmonton being dominated by Los Angeles, amazingly winning 4-3 in a shootout despite being outshot 55-16.
On Sunday they rolled over, giving up 45 more shots in a 7-2 loss at Anaheim.
Another 100-shot weekend, another franchise-type player who signed as a free agent in Edmonton, but has had enough with the organization.
"It’s not a players thing. It’s not a fans thing or a city thing. It’s a management thing," Souray said. "They’ve given up on me, and it’s a two-way street.
"I don’t talk to anyone (in management) and I don’t expect to when I check out of here," said Souray, who still has two seasons left on the five-year, $27 million deal then-GM Kevin Lowe signed him to in the summer of 2007. "I don’t really need to talk to them. There isn’t anything to say.
Dynamo Moskau hat offenbar finanzielle Probleme. Evtl. kehrt Hudler nach Detroit zurück.
Zitat Forward Jiri Hudler, who bolted the Detroit Red Wings to sign with the Kontinental Hockey League team last summer, is reported to have been released from his contract. The Red Wings hope to talk to him about returning to fulfill a US$5.75-million, two-year contract he got in arbitration, although he would not be able to rejoin them until next season.