For anyone who doesn't follow the Oilers (which is hard to do because all I read anywhere is about how young and exciting they are), the man pictured above is Sheldon Souray.
When big ol' Chris Pronger left Edmonton for greener pastures (as well as two more Stanley Cup finals) in 2006, the Oilers felt the need to replace his physical presence on the blue line. Free agent Sheldon Souray was available, the Oilers acted quickly, and they signed Souray to a big money deal for five years. Souray insisted that he wear #44, probably as an homage to his fallen hero Pronger, and the Oilers let him.
Everything was going quite swimmingly, until last season when the Oilers got wasted and peed themselves that night, waking up in the urine-soaked hellhole that is Edmonton. After missing much of the season due to a hand injury caused by Jarome Iginla, Souray was pretty pissed off with the Oilers in general, going as far as shit-talking them and then demanding a trade.
Fast forward to the last couple of days. Souray shows up at Oilers training camp and the media wants to know whats going on with him and management:
"Things that I said, that's five months ago," Souray told TSN. "We are in a completely different spot now and there is a lot of optimism...It's not awkward at all for me," Souray said. "I just stated some of the facts that I was feeling at the time and that's it. To come back and see the guys is actually a positive thing. Once you kind of get around that camaraderie with the guys that I haven't been around since January of last year, it just picks up your spirits."
Does NOBODY think this is hilarious? This is exactly what George Costanza tried to do in the Seinfeld episode "The Revenge", when he quits his job and then comes to work the next day like nothing happened (embedding disabled by request--> fuck off).
Artist's rendition of Souray's earlier interviews RE: Oilers management