Sheldon Souray infamously called his time with the Edmonton Oilers "a nightmare," as his $5.4 million cap hit was stashed away in the AHL and Oilers management minimized the opportunities for someone to claim him on reentry waivers by placing him there five months into last season.
As Souray told the Montreal Gazette:
"I felt (a move) would happen when it happened. I started losing faith in the process. Things (the Oilers) were doing didn't make sense. I resigned myself to being just a prisoner at that point, for lack of a better word."
Edmonton finally bit the bullet last summer, agreeing to buy out Souray by paying two-thirds of his $4.5-million salary spread over two years. "It was a huge relief," he said. "Even if I didn't sign in the NHL, I was free to do something. Edmonton didn't control my destiny any more."
Souray's release from the Edmonton Salary Cap Maximum Security Prison took him to the Dallas Stars for one year ...