On Sunday, the Anaheim Ducks signed Sheldon Souray to a three-year, $11 million contract.
I have mixed feelings about this, but maybe it’s because I’m still bitter that Lubomir Visnovsky was traded to the New York Islanders.
With that said, I’ll go with my gut and say I like this deal. I just think Souray is overpaid. The guy has a history of injuries while playing for Edmonton, but made somewhat of a comeback last season in Dallas. Also he’ll be turning 36 next week, but vows that he still has what it takes:
“I feel like I have a lot left in the tank,” Souray said. “I really feel like my best hockey is ahead. I’m looking forward to coming in here and playing with these great players. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and a hunger to get back. They had a pretty good end to the season.”
Souray liked Anaheim because of the location; his ex-wife and two daughters live in Los Angeles. Of course, he also fancied the idea of Anaheim because of their stacked roster of young talent. After signing Souray, Anaheim also has veteran defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Toni Lydman alongside youngsters Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa. When I see that list written out, I’m a pretty big fan of the new acquisition.
I’ll look past Souray’s price tag, as of now, in hopes that he can duplicate the last seasons he had while he played in Montreal. My most vivid memories of him were as a Canadien where he was a household name. I was a big fan of his then. Since he’s a Duck now, I will continue being a fan unless proven otherwise. I bet Saku Koivu is excited to play with an old teammate too, which is a plus.
But the Ducks didn’t stop there with defense. They also agreed to terms with defenseman Bryan Allen, who played for the Carolina Hurricanes, for three years. Now with the additions of Allen and Souray, the Ducks instantly revamped themselves; adding veteran presence to a once erratic defense.