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Have A Disgruntled Player? Send Him To The Hershey Bears

When you have an NHL team that is so tired of dealing with a player that they'll pay him to go play for an AHL team, it usually raises a red flag. But clearly, the Hershey Bears are only concerned with winning, so they're willing to be that team.

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That's about the only way you can explain this oddity. According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, the Edmonton Oilers have decided to send defensemen Sheldon Souray to Hershey, and they're willing to pay his salary anyway.

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Ahl, Hershey for souray. Mgmt would rather pay 4.5 mill to him in ahl than put him in their dressing room. That's how sour this has gotten 

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Souray's apparently fallen out of favor for being overpaid, underproducing and making comments like these demanding to be traded. Instead of trading him, the Oilers have had enough and have sent him to someone else's AHL team. That's pretty insane.

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Oh, and before you get any ideas, the Capitals don't want Souray, at least if you ask TSN's Bob McKenzie.

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↵↵WAS has shown no interest to EDM on Souray. I would not perceive this as a trial run for Souray to end up in D.C. Not at all, IMO.    

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The bottom line seems to be that Hershey is cool with upgrading for free, even if that upgrade is a guy who is overpaid and disgruntled. They're not footing the bill, so why not get an experienced blue liner in their quest to defend their Calder Cup again?

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And hey, if he does turn it around for some reason, the Capitals suddenly have the blue-line veteran everyone thinks they need to win the Stanley Cup. Right? (In case it wasn't clear, I'm kidding).