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Oilers Discussion / Draisaitl signs contract with Oilers
« on: August 12, 2014, 06:15:43 PM »
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to a three-year entry level contract.

Draisaitl, who was selected 3rd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, played in 64 games last season for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders, collecting 105 points and setting career highs in both goals (38) and assists (67), as well as recording 24 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four playoff games, tallying three points (1G, 2A) and four penalty minutes.

In 2013-14, Draisaitl also finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 105 points and ranked third in assists (67). He also participated in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game.

The Cologne, Germany native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, recording four points (1G, 3A) in seven games.

The 6’1”, 209-pound centre has represented Germany twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship (2013, 2014), as well as two appearances at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship (2012, 2013) and was a member of Team Germany at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

MMA - UFC / UFC champion Jones injures leg while training
« on: August 12, 2014, 03:30:24 PM »
FC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has injured his leg, forcing the postponement of his title fight with Daniel Cormier to Jan. 3.

The UFC announced the move Tuesday.

Jones (20-1) was scheduled to fight Cormier (15-0) at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Sept. 27 in the mixed martial arts promotion’s most anticipated event of the fall.

Instead, Jones and Cormier will headline UFC 182, the promotion’s traditional year-end show in Las Vegas.

Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, while Cormier is an undefeated former Olympic wrestler. They generated major publicity for their bout last week when they scuffled during a promotional event in the MGM Grand casino lobby.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will fight Chris Cariaso in the new main event of UFC 178.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 jersey in a ceremony on Jan. 11.
The Ducks announced plans for the franchise's first number retirement Friday.
Anaheim will raise Selanne's jersey to the Honda Center rafters on "Teemu Tribute Night" when they host the Winnipeg Jets, Selanne's first NHL team.
"Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired," Ducks owner Henry Samueli said in a statement. "His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched."
Selanne retired this year after a 21-season NHL career spent mostly with the Ducks. The Finnish Flash is Anaheim's career leader in goals, assists, games played and almost every other offensive statistical category after playing parts of 15 seasons in Orange County.
Selanne is the 11th-leading goal-scorer in NHL history with 684, and his 1,457 career points rank 15th in league history. He won the inaugural Richard Trophy in 1999 and the Masterton Trophy in 2006.
"What a great honour," Selanne said. "The Samuelis and the entire Ducks organization have made this a very special place for me and my family. I look forward to sharing this special night with our fans, who have treated me so well for 18 years."
Selanne spent nearly four seasons in Winnipeg with the original Jets, winning the Calder Trophy in 1993 with a rookie-record 76 goals, before he was traded to Anaheim in February 1996.
The 10-time NHL All-Star left the Ducks in another trade with San Jose in early 2001, but returned in 2005 after stops with the Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche.
Selanne and his family still live in Orange County, and he opened a popular steakhouse in Laguna Beach last year.
Selanne retired after the Ducks were eliminated in the second round of the post-season by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in a grueling seven-game series.
Anaheim won the past two Pacific Division titles and finished this spring with the Western Conference's best regular-season record, but couldn't add a second Stanley Cup ring to Selanne's only championship, won in 2007 with Anaheim. Selanne scored 15 points in 21 games during the Ducks' run to their only Cup title.
Selanne also is a six-time Olympian for Finland, winning four medals. The leading scorer in Olympic men's hockey history, he was named the MVP of the Sochi tournament in February while captaining Finland to a bronze medal.

Oilers Prospects and Drafts / Bogdan Yakimov
« on: August 02, 2014, 05:45:27 PM »
This is an interesting prospect for the Oilers, Yakimov had a strong showing at orientation camp. At 6'5" 202 lbs, in a year or two, this could be the guy the Oilers need desperately to keep the big centers in the west in check. He seems to drive the net a lot which is something we could also really use. Lets hope he progresses really well under Nelson in OKC this year, and turns out to be the monster we need.  He could be that third line center that is just too much to handle and match up against.

Scouting report

Yakimov is a physical monster who is still finding out exactly what he can, and can't do with his frame... Pretty effective skater for his size and does a good job of getting where he needs to go... Has a good skill level but fails to really accomplish much at times... More of a swing-for-the-fence type of pick as a meddling compete level limits his ability to play a Bottom 6 role.

Around the NHL / Lightning sign Bishop two-year, $11.9M extension
« on: August 02, 2014, 05:12:41 PM »
Ben Bishop has extended his stay in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed the goaltender to a two-year contract extension on Saturday, keeping him with the team through the 2016-17 season. According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $11.9 million, with a cap hit of $5.95 million per season.

Bishop posted a 34-14-7 record last season with five shutouts in 63 games with the Lightning. He finished with a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average and was nominated for the Vezina Trophy.

In 108 career games with the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Lightning, Bishop has a record of 55-31-11 with 11 shutouts and a .920 save percentage with a 2.40 GAA.

The Lightning acquired Bishop in exchange for forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick in April, 2013.

Bishop is entering the final year of a two-year, $4.6 million contract he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.

Good friends become co-workers once again.

Tony Borgford will join Todd Nelson in Oklahoma City as an assistant with the Edmonton Oilers affiliate. The Oilers announced the hiring of Borgford as Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for the Barons in the American Hockey League and he joins Nelson, with whom he already has a strong relationship with.

Borgford, 39, served as Video Coordinator for the Atlanta Thrashers for eight seasons, before the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2010. He has filled the role of Video Coordinator/Coach for the Jets the past three seasons.

Photo by Getty Images.
Borgford and Nelson were in Atlanta’s organization together at the same time for multiple years. Nelson was the Assistant Coach of the Chicago Wolves from 2006-2007 before joining the Thrashers under the same title from 2008-2010. Now after some time apart, Borgford rejoins with Nelson to fill the vacated role previously held by Rocky Thompson, who was promoted to the Oilers.

“We had a lot of time to get to know each other,” Borgford said. “We had a lot in common, we had a lot of the same hockey philosophies and we hit it off. We’ve kept in contact ever since over the last four years that he’s been down here and obviously I’ve been up in Winnipeg. We’ve stayed in close contact over the years. He’s a good friend but I’m really looking forward to learning from him as a head coach. I hear nothing but fantastic things about him from players and staff alike. I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

Nelson is ecstatic that the Oilers were able to fill Thompson’s spot with a qualified coach who knows the responsibilities of the position like the back of his hand.

“Him and I worked together in Atlanta and we have a really strong relationship,” Nelson said. “I wanted someone to be able to come in and run the video portion of what Rocky did and he fits the bill. He does this basically in his sleep. He has a very good, educated eye. He’s going to radio down and help us out with tactics. He wanted to get into coaching at the pro level and this is a good opportunity for him. To have a guy that’s worked in the NHL is going to be a tremendous help. I wanted someone who was current with systems and Tony provides that.”

Around the NHL / Canadiens and Subban come to terms
« on: August 02, 2014, 04:42:30 PM »
After months of negotiations and speculation and a salary arbitration hearing, P.K. Subban is going to be a long-term Montreal Canadien.

The restricted free agent defenceman agreed to terms on an eight-year, $72 million contract with the team on Saturday, avoiding a salary arbitration ruling. Subban's average annual value is $9 million.

The Canadiens and Subban's camp met for their arbitration hearing on Friday in Toronto. Both sides voiced their arguments to appointed arbitrator Elizabeth Neumeier in a four-hour session.

According to reports, the Canadiens submitted their arbitration brief earlier this week with a salary of $5.25 million on a one-year contract, while Subban - represented by agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports - asked for $8.5 million on a one-year term.

From the end of Friday's arbitration hearing, Neumeier was given 48 hours to reach her decision. The Canadiens and Subban had until a decision by Neumeier was announced to sign a new contract, otherwise the arbitration contract would have been binding and the two sides could not negotiate a new deal until January 1.

"We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice. Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL."

Subban, who signed a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $2.875 million contract prior to the 2012-2013 season, scored 10 goals and added 43 assists in 82 games with the Canadiens in 2013-14.

He also added five goals and 14 points in 17 playoff games and was part of the Canadian men's Olympic team that won gold in Sochi in February.

Subban was awarded the 2013 Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman after notching 11 goals and 27 assists in 42 games.

Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) in 2007, Subban has scored 42 goals and 167 assists in 284 career games.

OKC Barons / AHL makes rule changes, adopts 3-on-3 OT
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:29:34 PM »
More overtime and fighting changes could be coming to the NHL after a test run in the minors.

The American Hockey League will experiment next season with seven-minute overtime in the regular season, with 3-on-3 beginning at the first whistle beyond three minutes, the league announced Thursday. That means there could be as many as four minutes of 3-on-3 overtime.

AHL president and CEO David Andrews said his league had roughly 16 per cent of its games go to overtime, and the hope was that these rule changes would reduce that. At the same time, it’s a preview for NHL front offices.

"Clearly the hockey folks on our board and our competition committee, which is made up of NHL assistant general managers and AHL general managers, thought that this would be a way to make the overtime even more compelling and hopefully reduce the number of shootouts," Andrews said in a phone interview. "They felt that they’d like to see it in the American League."

If successful in reducing shootouts, the rule could make its way to the NHL. The league is implementing two smaller changes next season, with teams switching ends and a the ice getting a dry scrape before OT. The AHL will also do the dry scrape and long line change for regular-season overtimes.

"I think our coaches and players and general managers still feel that they would rather see the game settled in something other than a shootout," Andrews said. "I think this overtime rule that we’re bringing in this year attempts to do that. I think our hockey people believe, and I certainly agree with them, that going to a 3-on-3 is going to become a very entertaining way to try to finish the game for our fans and should lead to a lot of excitement."

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has long been a proponent of overtime changes to cut down on the number of shootouts, presenting different ideas at meetings over the years. Andrews said he and Holland have talked casually about the topic but that he wasn’t directly responsible for these changes.

To make up for lost time from the longer overtime sessions — and to align with the NHL — the AHL will also reduce its shootouts from five players aside to three.

In another rule change, the AHL will give an automatic game misconduct to a player involved in two fights in a game. Three major penalties of any kind will also lead to a game misconduct.

That’s still not close to the international rule where one fight results in ejection, but it’s a step toward reducing fighting.

"We do have a fairly high incidence of players engaging in multiple fights per game," Andrews said. "With the same player being involved in more than one fight, and we want to see that reduced."

Another change is that a player who loses his helmet won’t be able to complete his shift. He’ll get a minor penalty unless he immediately goes to the bench or puts the helmet, with chin strap, back on.

Andrews said it was "purely a safety" issue targeted at certain players who are prone to that problem.

"When you look at games, you don’t see very often helmets coming off during play," he said. "But when you do, it’s usually the same player that you’re seeing over and over again losing his helmet."

Last season the NHL made visors mandatory for players entering the league and those with 25 games or fewer of experience. That was done with agreement from the NHL Players’ Association and competition committee.

The AHL has no such requirement to ask players for approval.

Around the NHL / Kane and Toews Signed - Set a new $$$ bar
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:56:49 PM »
This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known.

All that was left was crunching the numbers on two of the biggest contracts in franchise history.

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday they had reached eight-year extensions with two of their top performers in a long run of success that includes Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013. Toews and Kane led Chicago back to the Western Conference final this year, where it lost to the eventual NHL champion Los Angeles Kings.

General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest off-season priority, and it didn't take very long to reach the agreements with Pat Brisson, who represents both players. Toews and Kane each have one year left on their five-year extensions from December 2009, and July 1 was the first day they could sign new deals.

Each contract is worth $84 million for an average annual value of $10.5 million, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the contract numbers.

Toews and Kane made it clear right after the Game 7 loss to Los Angeles that they wanted to stay with the Blackhawks, who added .8MoreYears to their tweets about the deal.

"There's no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players," Toews said in a statement released by the team. "There's nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet."

Toews, the No. 3 selection in the 2006 draft, was just 20 when he became the 34th captain in team history in July 2008. He is regarded as one of the NHL's best two-way players, winning the 2013 Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.

Kane, the top overall pick in the 2007 draft, has developed into one of the NHL's most clutch players after questions about his maturity dogged the dynamic winger for the first part of the career. He had the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals at Philadelphia, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff MVP.

The 25-year-old Kane put on another impressive display in this year's post-season, almost bringing Chicago back from a 3-1 deficit against Los Angeles. He had two goals and eight assists in the final four games of the series against the Kings.

The $168 million worth of extensions for Toews and Kane mean the Blackhawks have much of their core group locked up through the 2016-17 season. Bowman could face some sticky situations with the salary cap in the coming years, but his team should be a Stanley Cup contender for a while.

"The signings of Jonathan and Patrick symbolize an important milestone in franchise history," Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said. "We are driven by the pursuit of consistent excellence and today is a huge step forward."

The 26-year-old Toews has at least 23 goals and 25 assists in each of his seven NHL seasons. He set career highs with 32 goals and 44 assists in the 2010-11 season. Kane averages 25 goals and 45 assists per year. He had a career-high 30 goals and 58 assists for the 2009-10 campaign.

More important for Chicago, each player has been at his best in the post-season. Kane is fifth on the franchise's career list with 37 playoff goals and his 54 assists ranks sixth in team history. Toews (29 goals, 52 assists) also is in the top 10 in each category.

Put yourself in the GM chair / Re: Evander Kane an Oiler?
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:38:38 PM »
That is an interesting trade, Kane is signed for pretty decent money and doesn't seem to like Winnipeg too much as they also seem to have issues with him. I am not sure if he has an attitude problem or just needs to grow up a bit. From the Jets side, it could be a good trade. I hope we are not in the top 10 in drafting next year, it will be very depressing if we are.

Thread made for our member Bargey who is from Australia, we need to convert him to an Oiler fan.

On the first day of his third development camp with the Washington Capitals, at his first media availability as the first and only Australian ever picked during an NHL entry draft, Nathan Walker wore a green bracelet around his left wrist that read, “Prove People Wrong.”


That night, Walker visited the Comcast studios for an interview. The following morning, on Tuesday, he knifed around the rink wearing a GoPro camera affixed to his helmet, while another camera followed his moves from the bench. His presence had already almost jammed the telephone lines during a conference call with Australian reporters and the team website now enjoys predictable upticks in traffic from Australian IP addresses whenever a story about Walker goes live.

Back home, locals celebrated his journey with comparisons to point guard Dante Exum, recently drafted in the NBA lottery, and the general air of awe, even though Walker said the morning newspaper following his third-round selection by the Capitals featured three rugby players on the front page.

“I don’t think I made a page,” Walker said.

Inside his house, around 1:30 a.m. on a late-June Sunday, Walker and his family were watching the NHL draft on a live stream. Rounds 2-7 were unfolding across the world in Philadelphia, where thanks to the time difference it was actually Saturday afternoon. Walker barely slept the night before and adrenaline was keeping him up once again.

Officials in Hershey, where Walker spent last season with Washington’s AHL affiliate, believed the forward would be selected no earlier than the fourth round. Then the Capitals traded up. A contract snag had forced Walker into an AHL deal, despite appearing at training camp and in preseason games. They didn’t want their man to get away.

“He might have [been available later], but once again you take a chance he’s not going to be there,” assistant general manager Ross Mahoney said then. “We’d rather do what we have to do in order to move up and make sure we get the player we want rather than sit back and hope that player’s still there.”

From there, Walker said, “the roof on the house pretty much blew off.” His agent called to congratulate him. His mother and father, who supported Walker when he left home at age 13 to pursue a hockey career in Europe, began crying. It was a mostly symbolic moment –- after all, how many prospects log ice time during NHL preseason games before getting drafted? –- but entirely meaningful given Walker’s path and its rarity.

He discovered hockey by watching “The Mighty Ducks” around age 4, then quit other sports to focus on the ice. But finding regular ice time proved difficult and expensive in Australia, even though Walker played for three teams in three different age groups. He had wanted to move even earlier, maybe around age 10, but his parents wanted him around a little longer.

When the time finally came, Walker, then barely a teenager, flew to the Czech Republic to begin a new life, the life he wanted. His mother came and stayed for two weeks to ease the transition. Then she boarded a train and said goodbye. Walker returned to his host family, none of whom spoke any English, and he spoke no Czech. Local television shows sounded like gibberish. He got homesick. How could he not? But whenever he called home, his parents told him to stay.

“If I came home,” he said, “it’d just be something I’d regret.”

Last week, still harboring no regrets, Walker boarded a 14-hour flight to San Francisco, missed his connection, then finally landed in Washington for several days of individual workouts before camp began. His presence with Hershey last season (43 games, 11 points, 40 penalty minutes) has given him a leg up, a measure of experience uncommon among the vast pool of undrafted free agents and rising stars.

“He’s obviously ahead of some of the other players we drafted today because he has been playing with men,” Mahoney said. “We’ve had him at our camps, we’ve had him play rookie games and exhibition games, which he played very well in all of those. His development for us is obviously sped up because of his ability to play with him.”

Here at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, surrounded by prospects hailing from Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, Walker offers an unfamiliar profile in hockey circles. He dons GoPro cameras and conducts television interviews. He refers to his mother as “mum.” He speaks passable Czech, helpful with communicating with fellow draft picks Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek, both natives of the country. And though it hasn’t happened yet, Walker knows soon he will become the object of curiosity, novel again in the United States.

“First time I went to the U.S. they asked me if I had a pet kangaroo,” Walker said. “I say, ‘Yeah, everyone has a pet kangaroo in Australia.’ There’s nothing to do but embrace it.”

Around the NHL / Bryan Murray diagnosed with cancer
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:56:25 AM »
The Ottawa Senators announced on Monday that Bryan Murray was recently diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement, the club said that its president of hockey operations and general manager will begin treatment for the condition immediately.

"Mr. Murray's treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators office periodically," read the statement.

"During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department."

Murray, 71, has been with the Senators since the 2003-04 season, first as a head coach before replacing the fired John Muckler as GM in 2007. He was behind the bench for Ottawa's run to the Stanley Cup final in the 2006-07 season.

He has also served as coach or general manager in Washington, Detroit, Florida and Anaheim. He won the Jack Adams award as coach of the year with Washington in 1984 and was general manager of the Florida team that advanced to the 1996 Cup final.

Was never a fan of Murray in hockey, this is more important, all the best to you sir and hope for a full recovery.

Oilers Discussion / Oilers sign Petry to one year deal
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:48:53 PM »
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Jeff Petry on a one-year contract worth 3.075 million.

Petry, 26, recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season. He also led the Oilers in blocked shots (132) and hits (181), marking the third straight year he has ranked in the top two on the team in hits.

The six-foot-three, 195 pound defenceman has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers, accumulating 59 points (13 goals, 46 assists) and 107 penalty minutes in 236 career games.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, where he had four assists in eight games.

Petry was selected by Edmonton in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2006 NHL draft.

Oilers Discussion / Oilers signed Keith Aulie to a one-year contract
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:42:03 PM »
Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins has a connection with defenceman Keith Aulie, which might have factored into the club signing the free agent to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

“It probably happened a little quicker than I thought it might,” Aulie said. “I knew a little while ago that the Oilers were interested in me. I had a couple of conversations with Dallas Eakins. It became clear that they were interested and they were able to make an offer for me and I’m just looking for some opportunity.”

Aulie played for the Toronto Marlies under Eakins’ watch as head coach during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

“I know he’s always been good to me,” Aulie said. “I learned a lot from him during my time there and I’m looking forward to playing for him in Edmonton.”

For Aulie, coming to the Oilers was about opportunity. He has spent the last three seasons with the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch in the AHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing 45 NHL games in 2012-13 but only 15 this past season.

“I’ve had some opportunity in the last couple of years but just this last year it was a little bit tough. I ran into a couple of injuries last year and tried to work through that but to get an opportunity in Edmonton will be great. I’m just focusing on coming in and doing what I can do.”

Aulie, 25, brings a bigger presence to the Oilers blue line. The defenceman is 6-foot-6 and 228 pounds. He has played 136 NHL games, scoring 13 points (4-9-13).

“I play from my own end out. I’m a defensive defenceman. I just try to make it hard on their players and play tough. I just try to make that first pass and get shots through to the net. I’m just a pretty simple, stay-at-home shutdown defenceman.”

The Regina, SK native is happy to return to Western Canada and join a team he has watched since he was a kid.

“I know a little bit about the Oilers, being from out west here in Canada, growing up and watching them on TV all of the time. It’s going to be exciting. I’m familiar with the coach a little bit and some of the guys on the team and I like the direction the team is going. It will be fun to get up there and get going.”

From early on this off-season the Edmonton Oilers showed interest in free agent defenceman Mark Fayne. It all came together in the form of a four-year contract with the club shortly after the start of free agency.
“It’s been a crazy few days with not really knowing where you’re going to end up,” Fayne said. “I’m real happy to be in Edmonton and can’t wait to get up there.”

Fayne says the Oilers contacted him early on and it resulted in a sit-down meeting.

“It was my first free agency period so everything is a new experience. Early on, my agent told me at the draft that Edmonton really wanted me to sit down with them and have a meeting. From then on it just seemed like everything was going the right direction. We both liked what we were hearing and it seemed like a real good fit so it’s where I decided to go.”

While weighing his options, Fayne determined the Oilers were the best fit. He’s looking forward to joining the youthful core already in place.

“The whole thought process was on the direction they’re moving, the talent that is up there right now and just how close that they are to becoming (competitive). It just felt like a place that’s ready to take off and I’m trying to get in on the ground flow and do whatever I can to turn it around.”

With four seasons under his belt, all with the New Jersey Devils, Fayne feels like he’s developed into a much more consistent defenceman.

“I think I’ve become a lot more consistent. I know what it takes to shutdown another team’s top lines and how to stay composed throughout the game. Also, I try to bring some offence whenever I can, whether it is starting the rush or trying to get some shots through. I think overall it is just staying composed and being consistent every night.”

Fayne describes himself as defence-first, team player who facilitates plays on the ice to help the skilled players. He has played 242 regular season games in his NHL career, registering 48 points (13-35-48) and 99 penalty minutes. In 24 playoff games he has three points (0-3-3).

“I take care of my own end first. I definitely like to work from the net out and just keep everything safe and get the puck up for the forwards as quick as I can to let them do their job. I try to get the pucks through at the offensive blue line and chip in when I can but mostly it is just taking care of our end and getting it to the skill guys.”

Fayne leaves the Devils to continue his career in Edmonton, where the idea of playing in Canadian market has the Nashua, New Hamshire native excited for the possibilities.

“I’ve heard great things about the organization up there. They’ve always been known to be one of the most enthusiastic fan bases and sell out every game. That’s definitely something players thrive off of, the energy of the building.”

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