Souray proves AHL offers redemption

Updated: October 5, 2011, 12:34 PM ET
By Craig Custance

When word circulated on Tuesday that the New York Rangers were going to waive Sean Avery, one of the options that immediately looked likely was a trip to the AHL. For a veteran who embraces the lifestyle of an NHL player, it's not an appealing one. But it's also not an NHL career death sentence.

Dallas Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is on a path to emerge as one of hockey's best bargains following an injury-plagued year in the AHL in which he played 40 games and registered 19 points. Souray signed a one-year, $1.65 million contract this summer, and while it's a pay cut, it also means he's playing in the NHL. If his game returns, so will the salary.

"Right now, without looking too far ahead for myself personally and thinking in the short term, it's to come in here and re-establish myself as a top-tier player," Souray said. "Wherever that leads, we'll figure that out. If I have a good year this year and can prove that and can show I have a lot of gas left in the tank, that'll take care of itself."