In the first hour of the free agency period for the NHL, Mark Fayne has signed a 4 year contract with the Edmonton Oilers and has left his playing days for the New Jersey Devils in the rear view mirror.
This is not a surprise the Oilers need to upgrade their defensive unit, and the team and Fayne have been linked in media reports over the past week. The Devils have a log jam of players in their defensive corps and are also looking to open up some roster slots for younger players.
Mark Fayne is 27 years old and still has many productive years left. He was drafted by New Jersey in 2005 and has 48 points in 242 career games. Last season, he played in 72 games and had 11 points.
On a personal note, I will miss Fayne being a part of this team. I was among the group within the Devils fan base that believed that he had a great deal of potential and that the coaching staff misused him and were not fully committed to providing him with playing time. I knew he was going to leave after all of the healthy scratches that Peter DeBoer designated him with last season in order to play other defensemen.
I wish Mark Fayne the best as he moves forward in his career and thank him for the memories that he gave the fans as a member of the Devils. Please keep checking with Pucks & Pitchforks for updates throughout the day on the free agency frenzy throughout the NHL.
(Statistics courtesy of NHL.com)