Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers. Should the Nashville Predators claim him?

The Edmonton Oilers have finally put defenseman Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers, meaning any team in the NHL can claim him, and the Oilers will be liable for paying half his salary ($4.5 million through 2011-12). The question becomes, should the Nashville Predators put in a claim?

UPDATE 2/21/2011: Souray cleared waivers, so the Oilers are stuck with him.

Let's take a look at his scouting report and consider the possibilities...

Assets
  • Packs a big shot from the point--one of the best in the game. Has natural leadership qualities and takes on all comers to protect his teammates. Is adept at clearing the front of the net.
Flaws
  • Can get beat one on one, due to questionable lateral skating and mobility. Can at times cough up the puck when rushing up ice. Is somewhat injury-prone and can also take bad penalties.
Career Potential
  • Big-shooting defenseman with a mean streak.

After a contentious dispute with Oilers management, Souray was placed in the AHL this season, but not with the Oilers' affiliate in Oklahoma City, but rather the Hershey Bears, in order to keep him away from their own prospects. By all accounts, Souray is a well-respected, good team guy, and he's played in 3 NHL All-Star Games.

He's good a monster shot from the point and plays the left side, where the Preds have really needed some more offensive punch, particularly on the power play. Should David Poile consider adding to his defensive arsenal on this red-tag special?

YEAR TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG
1997 Devils 60 3 7 10 18 85 0 0 1 0 74
1998 Devils 70 1 7 8 5 110 0 0 0 0 101
1999 Canadiens 19 3 0 3 7 44 0 0 0 0 39
1999 Devils 52 0 8 8 -6 70 0 0 0 0 74
2000 Canadiens 52 3 8 11 -11 95 0 0 2 0 103
2001 Canadiens 34 3 5 8 -5 62 1 0 0 1 56
2003 Canadiens 63 15 20 35 4 104 6 1 3 0 186
2005 Canadiens 75 12 27 39 -11 116 7 1 0 0 202
2006 Canadiens 81 26 38 64 -28 135 19 1 6 0 224
2007 Oilers 26 3 7 10 -7 36 2 0 1 0 71
2008 Oilers 81 23 30 53 1 98 12 1 5 0 268
2009 Oilers 37 4 9 13 -19 65 0 0 0 0 113

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