According to the Edmonton Journal:
The New York Rangers have closed the book on veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray, sources say.The benefit of adding Souray is that he wouldn't have cost the team any assets. The Oilers want to dump his salary, so the Rangers (or another team) would be able to acquire Souray off re-entry waivers and absorb only half the cap hit. The major negative is that he's still under contract for another season. Despite the fact that Souray would likely be a major upgrade on the point for the power play (which once again last night was aboslutely abysmal), it seems that the Rangers feel that the rest of his game is no longer up to the standards required to play a regular shift at the NHL level.
The Rangers were looking at the former Edmonton Oilers blue-liner likely as a re-entry waivers pickup. They sent scouts to closely watch him in action as a member of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Souray’s foot speed doesn’t fit with their current team model. He can still shoot, but the Rangers are concerned he can’t move very well, so they will look elsewhere for a power-play pointman.
New York was also rumored to be interested in Bryan McCabe a few weeks ago, but supposedly they are no longer interested in the veteran blue liner. The one main thing the Rangers badly need is a man on the power play that can fire the puck from the point. Sather will likely continue to look around the league prior to the trade deadline.
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