I guess it's better to bury his contract than take on other troublesome contracts. Would we be at the cap floor if he clears?
I agree with this point completely. Perhaps it's creating an attitude and closeness in the dressing room that they don't want poisoned by passengers who are making the big dollars but not doing anything to earn those paycheques.
They may be trying to terminate his contract outright. I think there is a case that he has breached his SPC by harming the reputation of the team and impairing his own trade value. The CBA requires that he be waived first, but if he clears I wouldn't put it past the team to call for his SPC to be torn up.
I will be watching with interest.
I have never heard of this possibility. So you have a link to where in the CBA it would allow something like this?
Is Sheldon Souray on Twitter? Would love to read his thoughts right now...
"Yeah not even a phone call or nuthin' before they trade me to 'Waiver Wire', then asking me how soon I can get to the 'Waiver Wire', no offer of a ride or nuthin' from nobody, and I can't even find 'Waiver Wire' in my GPS - is it an expansion team or something?"
That would be a terrible move. Cap space for the next two years has little value -- the Oilers aren't contending. The cap hit in years three and four will be huge when the new forwards are coming up for new contracts, and relatively good deals like Penner and Hemsky expire.
I agree. That's why I said he wasn't a realistic buyout candidate. They'd be better off putting him through re-entry waivers. They'd save more money (only paying out 1/2 rather than 2/3), and they'd save close to the same amount against the cap the next two years (only a $300K difference) with no cap hit after that.
Interesting thought. Wouldn't that just hear the Oilers reputation more in the league amongst the players though? Especially with him being relatively from all accounts well liked within the brotherhood of the NHLPA.
Screw them, poor babies. As far as I know, none of Katz' checks have ever bounced. The SPC spells out exactly what Souray is supposed to do if he thinks he's not fit to play. It also has language requiring him to act in the best interests of the team while he's employed. Facts are facts. If this is what's up, it's a new msg from the team - come and play or don't. We only want guys who want to be hear (or who have no other options under the CBA).