The National Post broke the news this morning that Edmonton Oilers’ defenceman Sheldon Souray has given G.M. Steve Tambellini a list of teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to move to. Well we haven’t seen the list, it’s a good bet that it reflects Souray’s desire to stay close to his children in California.
If he is dealt, I’d guess that the Dallas Stars are the team that lands him. Derek Van Diest suggested earlier today that Dallas might have an interest in Souray, and Jim Matheson hinted they might be willing to trade Matt Niskanen. Add to that the fact that the Stars have cap space (enough to add roughly $25.0 million in cap hit, according to capgeek.com) and I think there’s a deal to be made there.
Of course, either of those reports could be wrong, but if Dallas is interested than Niskanen is a guy the Oilers should pursue. The offensive defenceman is a pending free agent and is struggling this season, but both his last two seasons and his underlying numbers indicate that he’s a better player than his stats line this season. He just turned 23 and would fit in nicely on a rebuilding Oilers team. Obviously this wouldn’t be the deal in itself, but I think it could be the nucleus of one and could help the Stars push for a playoff spot while making Edmonton’s cap hit a little lighter.