Sheldon Souray's open his wounds about his time in Edmonton

Published August 17, 2023 at 11:57 PM

A great slapshot and a big frame made Sheldon Souray a great addition to Edmonton.

Recently, he was interviewed on John Scott's Dropping The Gloves podcast about his 14-year NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, and the Edmonton Oilers.

It wasn't meant to be how things turned out for Souray, who spent 2007 to 2010 in Edmonton's organization and signed a five-year, $27 million contract to fill the gap left by Chris Pronger's departure.

«MacTavish walks in he goes, ‘Are you effing kidding me? You're not going to be ready for training camp? You're just gonna sit back and your big contract?'» Souray explained. «He kind of gave me that in front of all these guys. I was hot for about a week.»

His interactions with Craig McTavish left him sour, despite being excited to be able to play closer to home.

In addition to McTavish being berated in front of the team when he couldn't train because of injury, he also was berated for suggesting how to improve the facility.

«My year-end interview, I tried to fight Steve Tambellini, who was our GM at the time,» Souray said. «We had a tough one. I kind of said, ‘Hey, it's probably best for me to move on.

At this point, the culture was not helping because, in addition, he had a staph infection, and the team suspected he was milking it.

«The starting coach comes in. He said, ‘They think that you're milking an injury because you don't want to play for the Oilers again,'» Souray explained. «So I picked up the phone I'm on all these painkillers, these antibiotics, I'm sitting in the hospital. I left Kevin Lowe and Darryl Katz a message. I wasn't happy.»

As a result of a near fight with GM Steve Tambellini, his time in Edmonton ended, and he had a stint in the American Hockey League Hershey followed by a buyout.

Although he likes the current Oilers team, he dislikes the owner, Darryl Katz.

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