Souray signs with the Oilers
I haven't yet seen the terms, but I imagine they're substantial, and Edmonton was one of the few teams seeking a defenceman that has considerable cap space to burn.
So much for the small-market malaise? Well, we'll see. Souray certainly wasn't the Oilers' first pick (or they his), but he's from the area (the tiny burgh of Elk Point) and will fit well with Joni Pitkanen on the power play.
UPDATE RDS is reporting this as a five-year, $27-million deal, which seems reasonable given what some were prognosticating the big blueliner would get this off-season. Souray turns 31 tomorrow, and should be able to contribute at least a few more seasons.
UPDATE Leave it to the Oilers wing of the blogosphere to bring the entertainment. Covered in Oil's only thought: "He's divorced, right?"
And here's Andy (Grabby) Grabia at The Battle of Alberta: "Are any of his relatives part-owners?"
UPDATE Here's the team's press release, with some words from Souray. I was listening in a little to his press conference this afternoon, and you get the sense his family is the most excited party here.
Souray played junior hockey as a youngster with Tri-City, which is an awful long way from home, and as a pro, hasn't ever played anywhere close to Alberta.
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