Saturday, August 28, 2010

Souray 4 Hartnell? Really?

By Dan Moser 

On Thursday it was reported by Dan Tencer that, at some point last season, Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini was offered Philadelphia Flyers power forward in exchange for currently upset Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray.
Souray making his 5 year "commitment" to the Oilers
Tambellini reportedly nixed the trade.

So far this sounds like the yearly Oilers rumour of a player the team almost landed. For a change though, this time the player coming back has apparently agreed to waive his no trade clause. When its said and done it doesn't really make that much of a difference, but you have to admit that it is nice for once to hear the magical "has agreed to waive" words.

Taken at face value this looks like another D'oh moment for the Edmonton Oilers. To think Oiler fans, a line featuring Dustin Penner AND Scott Hartnell; the damage they could create, the goalies they would crash into.
Scott Hartnell doing his best Ogie Oglethorpe impression
Digging a little deeper though, this is a trade that would have sent Oil Country into a frenzy last summer. Given Souray's salary, it is fair to assume that this trade was negotiated before the Flyers landed Chris Pronger at the Entry Draft in 2009.

Souray was probably viewed by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren as a much cheaper trade option than Pronger, considering that Pronger cost them Joffery Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and 2 first round draft picks. The rumoured deal for Souray was a package of Gilbert Brule, Souray, and a 2nd (Anton Lander) for Hartnell and a mid-range prospect.

Still sounds like a great trade in the present, Souray is basically dead weight to Oiler fans right now and Hartnell, coming off a Stanley Cup final appearance, is a better player than Brule.

At that point in time though Souray had yet to publicly ask for a trade,  he was coming off his best season as an Oiler. With 23 goals and 30 assists in 81 games, the defenceman had only a marginally less offensive year than the power forward Hartnell who had a 30 and 30 season and has been known for his Ethan Moreau moments.

So, would it be nice to have Scott Hartnell on the team today? No question the answer the yes. Would I have traded the teams number one defenceman, coming off a solid year, and a player with the draft pedigree of Brule for him? Absolutely not.  And if you disagree, keep in mind hindsight is 20/20.

Even though I wouldn't have made that trade either, and you and the Philadelphia Flyers are in full denial mode, I'd like to say thank you Scott Hartnell for not being afraid to play for the Edmonton Oilers. 


  1. Nice work on the first blog. You have officially surpassed Eklund on my hockey bookmark list.

  2. As always, I enjoy reading anything you write. Keep up the great work! FYI, love Hartnell's hair!

  3. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with valuable information to work on.
    You've done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

    Feel free to visit my homepage: augmenter vu youtube

  4. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however
    I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe
    guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?

    My site addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you're interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

    Have a look at my weblog acheter followers twitter

  5. Hi it's me, I am also visiting this web page on a regular basis, this site is really nice and the viewers are truly sharing fastidious thoughts.

    Stop by my homepage: vue youtube

  6. I like the helpful info you provide on your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and take a look at once more right here
    frequently. I am rather certain I'll be told plenty of new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the next!

    my site acheter des followers
    my page: Achat Retweet pas cher

  7. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was entirely right.
    This post truly made my day. You cann't believe just how so much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

    Feel free to visit my blog - plus de twitter followers

  8. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.

    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

    Stop by my blog post: easy Link Building

  9. Dο yοu hаve any νideo of that?
    I'd like to find out some additional information.

    Feel free to visit my web-site ... diamondlinks review

  10. Très sympa cet article. Est-ce que vous êtes sur Google+
    ? Je voudrais vous suivre pour ne pas manquer vos prochains articles.

    My blog; ()