Mr. Me Too

Wanye
January 25 2010 06:49PM

We read a distressing article on SportsNet.ca this afternoon regarding the possible departure of “Big Sexy” Souray. With a little digging we found similar articles on every single publication of note and in the time honored fashion of joining the dog pile we thought we might kick around a few ideas of our own.

First of all we have to commend the fact that Souray is still keeping it real classy while examining the possibility of being dealt, careful not to shed any negative light on the hard up City of “Champions” and suggesting that he would prefer to remain an Oiler:

"I would consider Eastern teams," the three-time All-Star said. "It could be East or West. I mean maybe they keep me or maybe they don't. They might do something or they might not do anything. For now it's important to be professional. When I come to the rink I'm still proud to be an Oiler."

We wish that more players came to the rink proud to be an Oiler during the Great Depression of ’10. These are the words of someone who should be made Captain of the team, not sent packing.

BULL

We can’t believe that 79% of the OilersNation want Souray dealt out of town as per today’s poll. This is probably one of the most shocking poll results we have ever seen on this site and we would be interested to hear the rationale behind it. And by “interested to hear” we mean “shut your dirty smut mouths.”

Helpful hint for you NHL GMs in the audience: "Trade away the few work ethics on your losing team that you would want replicated. This will allow the new players you draft to be molded in the image of the garbage that has been left behind your roster." This strategy can be found in the NHL book of stratagems under "how to ruin an already last place team for years to come" or under "Toronto Maple Leafs HR strategy: 1967 to present."

Either way, it might be considered ill advised.

This dressing room isn’t exactly overflowing with role models at the moment and on the verge of the 2,538th youth movement in franchise history, we may want to keep a couple of these quality veterans around. Otherwise you will have players looking to the Patty O'Sullivans of the world for inspiration and really, is that a good idea?

Pretending for a moment we don’t think trading Sheldon Souray is another in a long line of mistakes round these parts, lets walk through some potential thought processes of where he could be dealt and for whom. Let’s begin with the relatively safe assumption that California is the main destination for #44 should he be forced out of town. Reports are surfacing that he has given such a list of teams to the Oilers 1,405 team executives and we would hypothesize it would include the following teams:

SHELDON SOURAY’S WISH LIST

  1. The LA Kings

  2. The Anaheim Ducks

  3. The San Jose Sharks

  4. A Californian Team to be named later

  5. The 1997 Detroit Red Wings

Let’s also assume that the top teams on Souray’s list have a reciprocal interest in the big defender and that there is a deal to be done with one or more of these teams. Talking with the local vagrants at the bus depot, we have come to a round table agreement that the Oil would get a big contract back in return, though the relative value of a Souray – as opposed to say a Horcoff – would mean that the Oil wouldn’t be forced to trade big crappy contract for big crappy contract. We are therefore hunting for an expensive player that the Oil would get in return, but with a relatively shorter term contract remaining.

In short: this should be a deal that the Oilers can actually win.

This certainly isn’t the only scenario of what could happen to Souray. Perhaps the Oilers will convince someone to trade a series of prospects for #44 or perhaps he will be a part of a muliplayer 7-team deal. But if the stories are piling up on his pending departure, it may be time to start considering what is going to come back this way in return. Hunting for some big contracts that could be traded for Souray was the premise under which we spent an hour moseying around on the interwebs, listening to the dulcet tones of The Clipse.

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT BOY?

Destination: Anaheim

Trade Candidate: JS Giguere

Contract: $6,000,000 per season, signed through 2010-2011.

You just know that with Jonas Hiller making a big stink about being starter in the NHL – by playing well in net – and with Giguere making a big stink about not playing as a backup in the NHL - but not actually playing well in net – you could probably snag Giguere out of Anaheim. He has a big ticket contract but at 32 years old he may be the youngest NHL calibre starting goalie in recent Oilers history. Plus if Khabibulin’s injury is as bad as we have heard it is since we returned to town – and by some accounts he may be finished as an NHL goalie – a strong presence in net could be a great stop gap measure until some of these gargantuan Oilers contracts start to expire and they can get some cap room freed up.

Destination: Los Angeles

Trade Candidate: Matt Greene

Contract: $2,950,000 per season, signed through 2013-14

Matt Greene makes a whole lot of money for a whole lot of years. And though he is certainly a physical presence on the ice, we have a sneaking suspicion that this is one of those contracts the Kings might want to have off the books. Know who likes to give big contracts to defensemen? The Oilers. Know who has a soft spot for Matt Greene? The Oilers. Know who would like to toughen up a back end that is already softer than butter and is about to get even worse with the departure of Souray? The Oilers. We certainly don't think Greene would be enough to be traded on his own, but we could see him coming back to Edmonton along with some prospects in the deep LA system should Souray be LA bound.

Who else would you consider? There would have to be a contract coming back in return for Souray but as we have already mentioned this could be one of the few trades that the Oilers could actually win. Only this is a trade that they shouldn't make, cause they will so totally regret it later.

Oh and if you want to read a great article by Terry Jones that hits about eleven separate nails on the head click here.

 

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#51 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 26 2010, 08:54AM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I am not saying Brown is who I think they will get (especially with who's running this ship). I am saying Brown is who they SHOULD get. Otherwise I wouldn't trade with the kings at all.

I do think it would be Souray+, and I am OK with that to get a guy like Brown. It has been reported that he isn't untouchable and he has been in trade rumours, so try to make it happen.

Value wise Souray + Cogs for Brown probably isn't far off. I just don't see the Kings moving him at this point though (baring a huge overpay)

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#52 RossCreekNation
January 26 2010, 08:56AM
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BTW, I'm not as confident in my "shot-call" of Souray to Dallas anymore, although I could see Gilbert or Grebeshkov being of interest to them given their age. Dallas doesn't look to me to be adding high-priced veteran players at this point.

Ryan Clowe could be a possibility for Souray IMO. Likely str8 up, and only if Rob Blake is finished in San Jose after this season.

Could Colorado or St. Louis make more sense now?

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#53 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:38AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

This is an unauthorized NationDraft update and is not approved by the Minister of Draft.

What am I to do, then, when I'm jonesin' for an update?

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#54 Charlie
January 26 2010, 09:54AM
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MERRRRRRRY GRETZZZZZMAS!!!!!!!!!!!

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#55 BingBong
January 26 2010, 09:54AM
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As much as I like Souray's size, toughness, howitzer of a shot, and sexiness, the fact remains that he's more a liability on defense than anything else. Not a good skater, not a good puck mover, misses assignments all the time... I'm sure he's great in the room, and he's a great threat on the powerplay, but he's got a contract we should be trying to dump. Keeping him and Vish is silly, and Vish is definately the better all-around defenseman. I agree we need team leaders, and the culture of the room obviously has to change, but I don't think we need Souray to do it. That being said, talk of getting Dustin Brown or anybody close to him skill-wise is unrealistic. We should basically be happy to be able to dump his contract at this point IMO.

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#57 Oiler Country
January 26 2010, 10:29AM
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Terry wrote a good article?? Well that's a shock, most of his work is silly. I'm still fuming at his open letter to Katz. That was trash writing.

Right now we are sitting on a prime piece to our rebuilding. Sure we love Big Sexy, but he has the ability to help us even more on the trade side of the world. He can land us some futures that could light up our life in two or even three years time.

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#58 Charlie
January 26 2010, 10:31AM
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Wanye wrote:

AW SICK IT IS GRETZMAS!!!

JOY TO THE WORLD

Although it is a break in tradition, Gretzmas this year will be celebrated in Calgary at Motley Crue, in Gretzky jerseys of course.

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#59 HAZE
January 26 2010, 02:31PM
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@RossCreekNation

I would rather play him on the first line with comrie and hemsky... He can and has played LW. And leave penner on the second with brule and gagner next year.. Yes penner has had a good year, but hes not ready to be a first liner.. he's shown glimpses, but has only showed up for maybe half the games this year.. You can count on a guy like dustin brown to atleast contribute in other areas of the game and not just offense. As much as i love Penner, im almost not completely sold on him.. He has played very well though. Maybe a Souray and cogs, do what you have to do to get this guy..

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