It seems there is finally a trade rumour about Sheldon Souray that wasn’t written by a hopeful Oilers fan, desperate to conjure up a scenario to get Big Sexy on the first thing leaving the International Airport.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Blue Jackets may be interested in doing a deal.

As was astutely pointed out by CurtisS this morning: 

"Not to derail the thread but lots of speculation today about Souray going to the Jackets. First Rishaug and now this."


As it turns out is a lengthy piece discussing the merits of trading Souray to the Blue Jackets for Mike Commodore.

"The Dispatch has learned that there have been internal conversations within the Blue Jackets about trading for Souray, a three-time All-Star with record-setting power play ability and one of the most feared slap shots in the NHL.

The likely candidate to be traded by Columbus would be Mike Commodore, the club’s highest- paid defenseman.

To be clear, there is no deal on the table between the Blue Jackets and Oilers. If there have been talks between Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, they have not been extensive or specific, The Dispatch has been told.

The Blue Jackets want to see how their defensemen look in the early stages of training camp, both in terms of how they’ve improved over the off-season and how they adapt to new coach Scott Arniel’s go-go-go system. But Sunday’s injury to defenseman Kris Russell could speed up the process"

Commodore is signed through the 2012-13 season at salaries of $3.8 million, $3.5 million and $3.35 million in his final year for a cap hit of $3.75 million according to Souray has two more seasons remaining at $4.5 million per year and a cap hit of $5.4 million.


Ryan Rishaug tweeted something to this effect earlier today:

"Russell hurt in columbus. 2-4 weeks. Souray trade more likely? Probly premature, but they’re a possibility. Commodore back? All speculation"

Meanwhile we were tweeting this:

"Was anyone else as excited by the picture of Justin Bieber at Hooters on the cover of the Edmonton Sun today?? #whatatown"

While LeVar Burton of TNG Fame was tweeting this:

"Avast, mi Mateys! I be headin’ to the pub now for a bit o’ the grog… Arrrgh!"

Now we could sit here and chatter away about the resulting Bieber arguments on Twitter or the excellent role model that Pirate Burton has become in retirement, but really all you want to read about is


The initial euphoria of the prospect of sending Sheldon Souray packing quickly wore off when we realized that Commodore was a part of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes team that cheated in the Stanley Cup Finals and forced the Oilers to graciously place second in the league that season. No player on that roster has any business suiting up for the Oilers at any point in their careers.

*Someone leans in and whispers in ear*

Yes, we know damn well Erik Cole played on that team. How did that go for us?

*more whispers*

Gerber was the backup? Son of a gun. (whistles loudly)


If that is the case and we are bringing over the greatest enemies of the last 10 years by the boatload, why not Mike Commodore. Is he a fair trade for Souray?

As a matter of fact:


In a word: anything.

You could tell us that the Oil get to pitch Sheldon Souray and all we get in return is a bag of bees. That trade should be considered a win. If all we got in return was that a randomly selected group of Edmonton men would be subjected to Japanese Gameshow torture – it is still a good deal.

Anything is better than having an asset that sexy and that expensive sitting on the shelf with the impressionable New Boys reporting to work.

Souray for Commodore? Whatever.


  • freshpotofcoffey

    I’d do this trade in a heartbeat. The best part? Commodore’s pretty big into the ponies – you know, horse racing. He owns and races a horse. His friend and partner in the business? Jim Rome.

    You know what that means: Oiler talk in the Jungle. Can’t wait. Funny that the last Oiler to be heard there is Erik Cole, who was on the Carolina cup team. I wonder if there’s some connection there.

  • I’ll take Mike Commodore and a Commodore-64 back as long as the latter comes with either Jumpman Junior or Lode Runner – two excellent cartridge games for the C-64 back in the day. Heck, you can keep the floppy drive and the overpriced colour monitor. Just find me those games.

  • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

    Well like other teams sounds like Howson is doing a wait and see approach with Souray. Aaron’s article today says Howson is going to see what happens during camp before making a big move like this. Best case scenario now would be for someone on WSH to go down and for them to also be looking for a d-man.

  • Chris.

    Isn’t a true shutdown D-man on almost every analyst’s shopping list for the Oilers? Could a Smid Commodore pairing finally give us a pair of tough minute defenders? When guys like (beat me wide) Strudwick, and (beat me low) Chorney are still in the conversation for regular roster spots… would bringing in Commodore be such a bad thing? Commodore would probably be moveable in two years time anyway.

  • Nice to see that Rishaug is reporting trade rumours. Is Smyth on his way back yet? I know that was another one of Rishaugs “i heard it through the grapevine” trades.

    The trade for that messy haired ginger would be re-tarded.

    Omark will make the team, if you dont believe me just pretend Rishaug said it and carry on.

  • Ball Buster

    What’s the rush, Mr. Rishaug?

    1.) There are still a few teams with cap issues that will need to make a deal as pre-season comes to conclusion.

    2.) The Oilers’ coaches are still evaluating their defense and they have a lot of bodies to sift through. After a couple of pre-season games, they can probably figure out who gets further consideration for NHL duty, who’s going down to the minors and who gets cut loose.

    3.) For the other 29 teams in the league, see point #2. They’re not going to rush themselves either.

    More dance partners by the end of the month. Tambellini should just make Souray sit rather than take on Vandermeer 2.0.

    • cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

      question: since the new CBA took effect, how many trades have taken place between Oct8th and the trade deadline involving a player making 4+mil per year?

      more dance partners by the end of the month? history says no.. Odds are, if this doesnt get done before the season starts, it wont get dont until the deadline

      he who hesitates…masturbates…

      ***hesitates over and over and over***

    • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

      The fact remains that Howson might feel the pressure and make the risky move. He is in a struggling market that badly needs to make the playoffs this year. If he can’t find any better offers he might have to do what he can to make his team a playoff team.

      • ubermiguel

        Howson might over-rate Souray as he did Moreau, but I don’t see it benefiting CBJ.

        And as Ballbuster points out there are 7 teams over the Cap right now. How many times have you seen 7 teams over the Cap this close to October 8th? That means there’s a number of over-priced defencemen on the market, and most of them are younger and less injury-prone than Souray.

  • Jodes

    Aaron Portzline will be on the radio with Gregor this afternoon at 3:25 and with Milhouse at 8:30..

    Can you confirm the time he’s on the Team with you Gregor?

  • I think that no matter where Souray ends up, he’s going to CBJ.

    As long as the “C” stands for “continue to get” and the “BJ” stands for…well…you know.

    Excuse me, I have to go back to class now.

  • Jodes

    I saw watched on the Hurricanes run AND the Flames run when I lived there. He is loved by the fans and that in itself will be a big change.

    Besides, he’s from Fort Sask, and NOTHING bad comes outta Fort Sask*.

    * Smokestack exhaust and chemical pollution excluded. It’s oil country beaches!