According to rumour-monger Bruce Garrioch, they are. In his latest column, he passes along the following bit of gossip:
The talk is the Edmonton Oilers are sniffing around to see what kind of interest there is in defenceman Sheldon Souray, who has a cap hit of $5.4 million for the next three seasons. There are whispers Souray, 32, was offered as part of a package in a four-player deal with an Eastern Conference team.
It’s hardly the first time that rumours of Souray leaving town have circulated among the media. Robin Brownlee was at the forefront of such talk this summer. It earned a place in Jim Matheson’s column, too.
I imagine that if Tambellini is shopping Souray, and if he believes what he’s said publicly, it will be in exchange for a difference maker at forward. If he doesn’t really believe what he’s been saying about this team, it will be in exchange for futures and whatever salary he needs to take back to make the deal work.
The question for us is which of the three options we’d prefer to see him take: not to trade Souray, to trade him for help now, or to trade him for help down the road. Chalk me up for option three, but I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks.