New York Rangers interested in Edmonton Oilers’ Sheldon Souray

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According to Pierre Lebrun of ESPN, the New York Rangers are very interested in the Edmonton defenseman, who would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to help the Oilers and play in New York.

But to make it happen, as Lebrun said, the Rangers would need to create cap room by shedding the contracts of either Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit; will earn $4 million next season and $3 million in last year in 2011-12) or Wade Redden ($6.5 million cap hit; four more years left after this season at $6.5 million for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and $5 million per year in 2012-13 and 2013-14). The only real option on Redden is to send him to the AHL and eat his contract. A buyout next summer doesn’t solve anything because the Rangers would still carry a $2 million cap hit from him for the next eight years.

The 33-year-old blueliner finished the weekend with three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 31 games. He has a +/- differential of -15 on the season. His cap hit is $5.4 million, but his actual salary is only $4.5 million over the last two years of his contract, which makes him more affordable for the Blue Shirts.

The Rangers could offer a package of Ales Kotalik, Dan Girardi and Christopher Higgins to lure Souray and let’s say Andrew Cogliano to the Big Apple. Higgins will be a UFA at the end of the season, while Dan Girardi will be a RFA. But with his ex-wife/children in Los Angeles, some experts doubt that he would waive his no-trade clause to be traded to the Rangers.

Do you believe the Rangers should try to acquire Sheldon Souray from the Oilers?

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