After failing to find trade partner, Oilers put Sheldon Souray on waivers

souraywaivers.jpgThe Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on waivers, reports TSN.

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.

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 has two years left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $5.4 million. The Oilers hope that an NHL team claims him as is, because that will allow them to get him off their salary cap altogether.

The most likely scenario, however, is that a team might pick him up once he goes into the re-entry waiver process. If that were to happen, the Oilers would assume half (or $2.7 million) of the cap hit and salary expenses while Souray’s new team would foot the other 50 percent of the bill. Souray isn’t a very desirable defenseman at his age and injury-prone level when his price tag is $5.4 million, but at half that cost he’s a much better deal.

While significant players only get claimed on re-entry waivers every so often, it does happen in the NHL. Take, for instance, the Sean Avery fiasco in Dallas. The Stars gave Avery a four-year deal worth just under $16 million, yet now Dallas and the Rangers are paying him $1.937 million each to pester people at Madison Square Garden.

There’s no guarantee the Oilers will be able to get rid of the now-troubling player, but we’ll let you know if someone does snatch up Souray.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?