But I think Souray would be something that would be down on the list of things the team would like to do.
Souray does indeed bring some things the Stars need. He is a top-two defenseman who has size (6-4, 233) can play top minutes (averaging 23 minutes or more in the last six seasons) and has a bomb of a shot on the power play.
That said, he also has some nicks on his resume. He's never been seen as a great defender (he is minus-52 in his career and his last two seasons in Montreal, he was the worst minus on his team). He's been middle of the pack in plus-minus in his three seasons in Edmonton, but those have been bad teams and he hasn't helped them be much better.
He also has a recent history of injury problems. He played 34 games this season and just 26 in 2007-08. He has had hand, shoulder and concussion problems in the last three seasons. He will be 34 when next season starts and he has two years remaining on his contract at $4.5 million a season.
While that last fact seems like it works against Souray coming to Dallas, it actually fits pretty well with what the Stars can afford for what would ostensibly be their ``No. 1 defenseman.'' It also wouldn't be a long-term commitment that might have to be made if they tried to sign an unrestricted free agent.
Still, Dallas would have to move money to take on that money, and the obvious fit seems to be Mike Ribeiro (who makes $5 million a season for the next three seasons) going to the Oilers. But as many in Edmonton have pointed out, if they are stuck with the Shawn Horcoff contract, they like Sam Gagner and they are going to draft Tyler Seguin first overall, why do they need Ribeiro?
I guess you could make this a bigger deal and get both Gagner and Souray for Ribeiro and something else, but that's a lot for both teams to consider.
The Stars believe they have a solid ``scout'' in assistant coach Charlie Huddy, who worked with Souray for two seasons in Edmonton and knows his strengths and weaknesses, and that could help should they acquire him.
But I think the biggest concern is that if they get a top-level player, and he can't stay healthy, it kills any chemistry a team is trying to build. The other question is whether or not Souray is either on the backside of his prime or past it _ and whether a team in the spot the Stars are currently in should be shooting at a much younger target.
My guess is Souray is a last-resort possibility for this team, but I don't think they've dismissed that possibility. The key to making a deal in the NHL is you have to find players who are available. Souray isn't perfect, but he is available, having already told the Oilers he wants to be traded.
We'll take a look at players who might be higher possibilities in the days coming forward.