The Edmonton Oilers have placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on waivers for the second time since he requested a trade in April.
This clears the way for the disgruntled defenseman to be picked up by another team or, if he clears, to be assigned to the Oilers American Hockey League team in Oklahoma City. It also would allow the Oilers the option of using the re-entry waiver system, where another team could claim him and only pay half of his remaining salary over the final two years of the deal, with the Oilers on the hook for the other half.
Also on Thursday, the team has placed goaltender Martin Gerber on waivers, for the purpose of assigning him to Oklahoma City of the AHL. After having a strong training camp, Gerber might be an option for the Minnesota Wild, who recently lost backup Josh Harding to injury. Gerber makes just $500,000 this season.
Defensemen Taylor Chorney, Alex Plante and Jeff Petry were all assigned directly to Oklahoma City today, as was forward Colin McDonald.
With two pre-season games remaining, the Oilers roster now sits at 32 players. (dc, twd, ccg)
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