Report: Rangers will pass on Souray

According to report from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, you can kill any ideas of the New York Rangers acquiring Sheldon Souray from the Edmonton Oilers via reentry waivers. Citing a source “familiar with the Rangers activities over the weekend”, Spector says that Souray’s foot speed raised enough cause for concern for the Rangers to abandon any plans they had for the banished defenceman.

“You want to like him,” said a source familiar with the Rangers activities over the weekend. “But you can’t deny what your eyes are seeing.”

The Rangers had reportedly sent several scouts to check out Souray in action with the AHL’s Hershey Bears over the weekend, but he failed to impress. Citing the same anonymous source, Spector reports that the Rangers were prepared to acquire Souray and that “The (Rangers) job was his to lose”.

Souray has 11-points in 22 games with Hershey, where he is on loan from the Edmonton Oilers. Souray was not welcome at training camp with Edmonton after a much publicized spat with management leading up to this season. Souray missed weeks of action earlier this year after breaking his wrist during a fight in the AHL.

The book on a return to the NHL for Souray this season can’t be slammed shut yet, but this is a considerable blow to the former All-Star’s hopes.

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