Saturday, February 19, 2011

Souray On Re-Entry Waivers, Can Sather Avoid The Temptation To Fix Rangers PP?

Nick Kypreos is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have placed Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers today, which is making me very nervous.  In the recent past the Rangers scouted Souray and eventually decided to take a pass on him, but as Jim Matheson reported a few weeks ago the Oilers were not going to put Souray on re-entry waivers until and unless they were sure that another team would claim him.  With all the moves that were made for defensemen yesterday and the anemic play of the Rangers last night it is not out of the realm of possibility that Sather could in some sense panic and grab Souray.

Souray might be the only way for Sather to acquire a possible help to the power play without having to sacrifice anything significant from young core or draft picks.  I still believe this is the wrong move and I am hoping that Sather resists the temptation, but there is certainly reason to believe that someone will claim Souray and that team might be New York.

Update: In the good news department, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the following:

"EDM realizes dmen are hot commodity right now and hoping someone will see Souray as good value. A claim has not been pre-arranged, I am told"
The fact that no deal has been prearranged certainly helps out the cause and means that it is not guaranteed Sather or anyone else told Edmonton they would claim him, but does not change the danger of a panic decision.  It is the panic decision that Edmonton is playing on right now, which is why they were smart to put Souray up today after so many available defenders were moved yesterday.