Oilers place defenceman Souray on waivers Staff

7/2/2010 1:37:27 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are giving the NHL's 29 other teams a chance at acquiring Sheldon Souray, as the team placed the veteran defenceman on waivers on Friday.

Souray signed a five-year contract in 2007 that was supposed to see him in Edmonton through the end of the 2011-12 season, and the 33-year-old's no-move clause has expired.

"I understand the business side of things and I hope things work out for both the Oilers and for myself," Souray told TSN.

The Oilers defenceman gave GM Steve Tambellini a list of preferences back in January in the event that he would be shipped out before the March 3 trading deadline. Souray was also on the record as saying he'd waive his no-movement clause if the circumstances were to his liking.

Souray had four goals and nine assists in 34 games with Edmonton this season.

The Elk Point, Alberta native was selected 71st overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for the Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Oilers. His best season came in 2006-07 with Montreal, when he put up 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points in 81 games.