maybe we are just really desperate for d-men with the roster-clearing wave of trades we are about to incur and might actually need souray for the warm body? that would be nice because it would indicate that we would be receiving some sort of return. unfortunately, it probably isn't the case.
Hah yeah I was kind of hoping that too. I looked to see if he was anywhere near Atlanta right now.
paying souray 2+ million to play for the opposition and take a cap hit doesn't make much sense.
Especially when you could have done this in the beginning of the season and saved more money. Last summer, there was an advantage in holding on to Souray until the next off season in case he had a solid season and a team was willing to trade for him when he only had one year left on his contract, with the downside being they had to pay his full salary this year. Conversely, they could have put him on re-entry at that time to save half his salary, with the downside being they would have been stuck with half his salary/cap hit in 2011/2012. Instead, they pay his full salary until now, and are stuck with half his salary/cap hit next year. Worst of both worlds. How stupid is this?
whatever with this situation. dont care.
if they pay him half it seems more of an ownership thing to get some money off the leech fund. if it has an asset/trade involved... great.
if it doesnt work at all, and its just them playing the odds - even more hilarious during a hilarious season.
My guess is someone is getting desperate enough to give him a chance. The cap hit at this point would be pretty small. If it fails, I imagine they can put him back on waivers in the summer and not have his salary affect the cap for next year. Philly or Vancouver anyone? Vancouver could use some help on the blueline right now and it never hurts to have a veteran able to step in come playoff time.
If he signs in Vancouver, its fitting given he'll be injured before the playoffs, just like their Glass D
Also, if he clears unclaimed, then he can be dealt to a team who would be willing to take him if we take salary back, which opens up options for Tambo before next Friday's deadline.
No harm in recalling him. If he's not claimed or dealt in the next week, then he just goes back down and it's status quo.
There is harm in recalling him. They could have traded him the next summer without being stuck with half his salary/cap hit. Also, what are the odds that some team will be unwilling to take on half his salary, but will be willing to trade for his full salary? If they were going to try a recall, why not do so earlier in the year when you could have saved paying his full salary and cut half your losses at that point? This move makes no sense. Either they are stupid for not waiting until the summer, or stupid for not making this move earlier. There is no other way to look at it.
You know, I consider myself patient with Oiler management but why the hell would they not try and get an asset for him? If defense is such a hot commodity, try and get an asset for him.
I mean, didn't Tambellini say that he did want to lose him for nothing?
I really don't know if this mngt group is coming or going. Souray was buried in Hershey. Why are they in a rush to get rid of his cap space? Big deadline deal for a playoff push?
We don't know that this isn't the case. Souray would have to clear re-entry before he can be traded, and if he goes unclaimed, Tambellini will surely try to deal him before putting him back in Hershey. But any "asset" we get back for him will likely include lots of salary and be damaged goods as well.