Oilers put Sheldon Souray on waivers

Updated: October 1, 2010, 1:47 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Sheldon Souray and goalie Martin Gerber on waivers Thursday.

Both cleared waivers at noon ET Friday.

Gerber will be assigned to Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. A team source said Souray will remain in limbo as the Oilers continue to try and trade him.

Souray, 34, requested a trade after last season and was told not to attend the team's training camp while awaiting a possible move. He had four goals, nine assists and 65 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Oilers last season.

He has two years remaining on his deal paying him a $4.5 million annual salary but with a salary cap hit of $5.4 million. The Oilers put Souray on waivers in early July but found no takers.

Gerber, 35, spent last season with Atlant Moscow of the Russian-based KHL and was unable to win a spot with Edmonton. He is 111-78-21 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 226 career NHL games with Anaheim, Carolina, Ottawa and Toronto.

Gerber is on a one-year contract that pays him $500,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the minors.

Nikolai Khabibulin, Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk are the goalies still in camp with the Oilers.

Also, the Oilers assigned forward Colin McDonald and defensemen Taylor Chorney, Jeff Petry and Alex Plante to AHL Oklahoma City.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.