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Oilers' Souray gives GM preferences if he is to be traded

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TSN.ca Staff
1/25/2010 4:26:07 PM
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Consider Sheldon Souray officially on the market.

The Oilers defenceman gave GM Steve Tambellini a list of preferences in the event that he is shipped out before the trade deadline, according to the National Post.

Souray was on the record as saying he'd waive his no-movement clause if the circumstances were to his liking, and he has since given his ideal scenarios to his agent and Oilers management, the paper said.

"I've talked to both separately," Souray said on Sunday. "The ball's in their court."

Souray is not necessarily asking out of Edmonton, but he is asserting where he'd be willing to go if a trade were to take place.

The 6'4, 223-pound blueliner could be one of many changes Edmonton will need to make in the coming weeks and months. The Oilers are a league-worst 16-28-6 and they have exactly one win in their last 18 games.

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

"I just gave them my opinion and from there they will do whatever they want to do. I'm not really thinking about it. I'm not going to tie anyone's hands," he said, adding it was just business and that he was proud to be an Oiler.

"There were reasons I chose Edmonton, so the situation will have to be a good one for me to change," said Souray. "But they could wait (until July) and do whatever they want. Maybe they'll want to keep me here. Maybe they'll want to move me out.

"It's no secret my family is as important as the game."

Souray did not give any indication about which teams were on his list of preferences. The NHL's trade deadline is March 3.

Souray has 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 the Habs, when he put up 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points in 81 games.

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

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(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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