Coming Monday: Souray on leaving the Canadiens

Former Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray is eager to return to hockey after a busy summer that saw him undergo shoulder surgery, welcome a new daughter into the world and sign a five-year, $27-million unrestricted free-agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, returning him to his home town.

I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.

“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”

The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.


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