Sheldon Souray

Tuesday Tire Pump: Sheldon Souray

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Every Tuesday at PHT, we’ll pump a player’s tire. Because every player likes it when nice things are said about them.

This week’s tire pumpee: Sheldon Souray, Dallas Stars

For a guy that spent the 2010-11 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, Souray boasts some pretty good NHL numbers. In 11 games with the Stars, he has three goals and five assists. And if you care about plus-minus, his plus-8 is the league’s best among defensemen.

It’s been a challenging road back for the 35-year-old with the booming shot. This summer he signed a one-year, $1.65-million contract in Dallas with hopes he could rejuvenate an NHL career that had seen him play in three all-star games.

Souray’s best season came in 2006-07 when he scored 26 goals and added 38 assists for the Canadiens. The following summer he signed a five-year, $27-million contract with the Oilers. After three injury-filled seasons in Edmonton, however, Souray requested a trade.

“Yes, I do want a trade,” he told “It’s not a players’ thing. It’s not a fans thing or a city thing. It’s a management thing. They’ve given up on me, and it’s a two-way street.”

To which Oilers head coach Pat Quinn replied, “If you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around. Get the hell out.”

Souray was eventually put on waivers, and when nobody took him off the Oilers’ hands, he was sent to the AHL, where he had 19 points in 40 games with the Bears.

On July 1, Dallas offered him the chance to play in the NHL again.

“I felt at some point I’d get another opportunity,” Souray told the Star-Ledger recently. “I was hoping I would and then I would make the most of it.”

Indeed he has. Although when asked by the Star-Ledger if he ever took his NHL career for granted, Souray’s answer suggested he still harbors ill feelings about his time in Edmonton. Even if he didn’t exactly say it.

“I never really took things for granted,” he said. “The only thing maybe you take for granted is I played for two organizations that were maybe two of the best in the league in New Jersey and Montreal with the way they treat their players and the respect they have for their players. That maybe you take for granted, but not playing in the league.”

In other words, the Oilers don’t treat their players very well.

But that’s in the past now. Souray had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Devils that improved the surprising Stars’ record to 8-3-0.

Sheldon Souray, everyone.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.