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Report: Souray rejects Dallas’ one-year, $3 million offer

Jun 15, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

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According to Andy Strickland of True Hockey and the Fan 590 (who, it should be noted, was the first to report yesterday’s Chris Stewart signing), Sheldon Souray has rejected a one-year, $3 million offer from the Dallas Stars.

If accurate, it’s an interesting play from Camp Souray.

The 35-year-old rearguard has stated his desire to stay in Dallas after a successful comeback season. Souray posted 21 points in 65 games while averaging over 20 minutes per night — after spending 2010-11 in the minors — and did it on a one-year, $1.65 million deal.

At the time, the contract was as beneficial for him as it was for the Stars. It gave Souray the opportunity to show he could still play at the NHL level, and it gave Dallas a top-four defenseman for a bargain basement price.

Now, it appears the situation has changed.

Logic would suggest Souray’s seeking longer term (read: anything more than one year) rather than more money, as he’s been something of a nomad over the past three seasons, going from Edmonton to Hershey to Dallas. He also must figure there are suitors out there, given 1) the temporary salary cap rising to $70.3 million and 2) the UFA class lacking impact defensemen.

That said, he’s something of a risk given his age. Souray qualifies as a 35+ contract now, so any team that signs him is on the hook for the entirety of his deal.

  1. jernster21 - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Dude has a pretty big ego to turn down 3 million after being an AHLer in the midst of his prime; I don’t care if he had one decent year after the fact, the fact remains that he was down there because even Edmonton didn’t want him on their team.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I’d walk away if I was Dallas. I like Souray (only because he’s so fun to use in NHL with his 99 slapshot power), but it’s not worth giving him a multi year deal at this stage of his career.

  3. gaborik104life - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Who the HE11 does this guy think he is. Can someone please slap him and remind him where he was a year ago.

  4. bcjim - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Strange decision. Probably one he will regret.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Something tells me he’s minutes away from firing his agent……That or he’s the most disillusioned player in the league at the moment. He’s lucky to be playing in the NHL at this point: 3m per is (about) the going rate for average/slightly above average veteran d- and “term” is something granted to 20 year old players, not borderline NHL talent at 35. Best of luck to whoever came up with this idea on Souray’s behalf. (But) It was a mistake.

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