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Report: Oilers' Souray willing to waive no-trade clause

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TSN.ca Staff
1/8/2010 6:35:32 PM
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Sheldon Souray is not looking to get out of Edmonton but it appears he may be willing to leave if the Oilers decide to become sellers.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Souray is willing to waive his no-trade clause to accommodate a deal to a team that 'makes sense' for him. The Oilers are currently last in the Western Conference, 16 points out of a playoff spot.

''I wouldn't at this point hold them back from doing anything that makes the team better,'' Souray told the Journal. ''I came here with a goal (to win). You hope to try to see it out. With where we are right now it's tough to say in the next three years if we're going to see that. If it does come to the point where they ask me (to approve a trade) I wouldn't hold the team back.''

Souray is a puck-moving defenceman and power play quarterback that would garner a healthy return from a team making a run at the Stanley Cup. The 33-year-old Alberta native has two year remaining on his current contract but his no-trade clause expires on July 1.

Souray's children live with their mother in California and travel to Edmonton for regular visits so a move to the West Coast could be in the offing. The Sharks are challenging for the league lead in points, making San Jose a logical option.

The surprising Los Angeles Kings and disappointing Anaheim Ducks are both on the playoff bubble and may be in the market for Souray by the trade deadline.

The report indicates neither Souray nor his agent have been given any indication the Oilers are interested in moving him.

Sheldon Souray (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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