With defencemen in demand, Oilers place Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers placed disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers Saturday.

Souray has been playing for the AHL’s Hershey Bears this season after a falling out with Edmonton management. The 34-year-old demanded a trade in the off-season, but was told by the Oilers to stay away from training camp.

He was loaned to Hershey when Edmonton couldn’t find a willing trade partner.

With several high-profile defencemen being traded in recent days—including Tomas Kaberle, Erik Johnson, Eric Brewer and Ian White—Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini felt the time was right to test the waters.

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“It was recognizing how many people are looking for defencemen,” said Tambellini after Edmonton’s 5-3 win at home against Atlanta. “This is an opportunity for some team and for Sheldon.

“Everyone is asking for the same type of things out there and this was the right time.”

Souray is making US$4.5 million a season over the next two years. If a team claims the veteran, the Oilers would pay half of what’s left on his contract this year.

The Elk Point, Alta., native has three goals and 10 assists for the Bears.