If you buy him out, he will go. Now that we are under the two-week buyout period in the NHL, it seems as good of a time as any to start beating this drum.
Sheldon Souray inexplicably remains a member of the Edmonton Oilers, nearly a full year after his meltdown against management.
I’ve outlined many a reason why the Oilers should have bought out Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract 600 days ago, and there are similar reasons for them to buy out Sheldon Souray. Here’s a few.
- Sheldon Souray has played one full season out of his last four in the NHL and AHL due to injury
- Sheldon Souray will never play another game for the Edmonton Oilers club after his tirade against management in 2010
- No one picked him up on waivers
- No one picked him up on re-entry waivers
Having one Sheldon Souray playing in the AHL on loan or otherwise isn’t good business sense. The time has come last year.
TIME HAS COME TODAY
Look, keeping the guy around to either A) play in the minors or B) collect dust isn’t going to do anything for the team moving forward.
So let’s move forward already.
Buying out the last year of Sheldon Souray’s contract will cost the Oilers three million bucks total over the next two years, or Ryan Jones’ Contract. The cap hit will be a little more – 2.4M and 1.5M, respectively.
Souray is set to make $4,500,000 this year (with a 5.4M cap hit) doing…well, something. If the Oilers don’t buy him out between now and July 1st, I, along with many of you will be quiet confused. He’s got less than a 1% chance at playing in Edmonton ever again, and if he sits or otherwise doesn’t play for the Oilers, then it’s just another case of throwing money at nothing.
Let’s cut the cord, and move on.
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