Edmonton Oilers add Mark Fistric via trade

Jonathan Willis
January 14 2013 01:43PM

The Edmonton Oilers actually added two defencemen to their training camp roster today. The big news was the acquisition of hometown defender Mark Fistric from Dallas for a third round pick; the smaller news was the recall of Taylor Fedun from Oklahoma City.

A reasonable Oilers’ blue line depth chart likely looks like this:

  • Ladislav Smid/Jeff Petry
  • Nick Schultz/Justin Schultz
  • Mark Fistric/Ryan Whitney
  • Theo Peckham/Corey Potter
  • Taylor Fedun/Colten Teubert

The middle two pairings are flexible - I can see the merits of a Nick Schultz/Ryan Whitney second pairing or a Ryan Whitney/Justin Schultz second pairing, too.

Right now, of course, Theo Peckham isn't really in the conversation. According to the Oilers, he "aggravated a hip flexor." The Oilers will know that Fistric is healthy entering camp - their deal with Dallas is dependent on Fistric first passing a medical exam. Meanwhile, Fedun is only around for training camp:

Fistric, a rough-and-tumble third-pairing defender, is a necessary addition to an Oilers blue line missing both Peckham and Andy Sutton; he's a player in the same mold and given his age and past NHL seasons can arguably be expected to perform better than either of the guys he's replacing. Additionally, he has FISTric right in his name, which is bound to please the comments section here at Oilers Nation.

He's also likely to feature in a few highlight reel hits that will similarly please Edmonton fans:

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 DSG
January 14 2013, 01:44PM
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FIST! for Fistric!

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#2 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 04:15PM
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From what I'm hearing he's only 26 and was a late first round draft pick in 2004. Apparently was 4th in the league for hits two years ago...

But really...as and Oilers fan....here's all I need to know...

"Fistric is known for his aggressive physical play. In a game against the Calgary Flames on January 27, 2010, Fistric received a match penalty for intent to injure after hitting opposing forward Eric Nystrom over the head with his own helmet during a fight..."

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#3 justDOit
January 14 2013, 02:08PM
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T__Bone88 wrote:

So does this trade move the oilers up to second or first in the sports illustrated power ranking?

No, but if the Octane could sign Olivia Wilde, SI would change the ranking to 1st!

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#4 Archaeologuy
January 14 2013, 01:51PM
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6 real life NHLers playing in the Oilers top 6. Incredible!*

*How sad is it that just having 6 NHL defensemen impresses me these days?**

**I am fully aware 1 of them has not played a single NHL game but I think we can all agree he is better than the AHL and that makes him a defacto NHLer.

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#5 T__Bone88
January 14 2013, 02:02PM
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So does this trade move the oilers up to second or first in the sports illustrated power ranking?

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#6 RexLibris
January 14 2013, 02:37PM
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So basically the Oilers just traded for Craig Muni.

I like this. A lot.

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#7 The Beaker
January 14 2013, 01:55PM
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I remember a lot of people saying he should be a guy Edmonton should look at every time we played them last year. I don't really know a lot about him but i DO like the fact that they just made a trade to get better. Even if its only marginal improvement.

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#8 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:13PM
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Some of you guys......and you know who you are...should really just find another team to cheer for...

The WOW trade not happening was explained away weeks ago.

The Canucks just signed Cam Barker!

Several other teams are looking for a 4 - 5 physical type D man.

Fistric shows up as top 4 D man in every Dallas Depth chart that hasn't yet reflected the trade.

What other trade that has occured since the lockout ended impresses you more???

Wake up!! Well done Oilers!

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#9 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 04:22PM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

From what I'm hearing he's only 26 and was a late first round draft pick in 2004. Apparently was 4th in the league for hits two years ago...

But really...as and Oilers fan....here's all I need to know...

"Fistric is known for his aggressive physical play. In a game against the Calgary Flames on January 27, 2010, Fistric received a match penalty for intent to injure after hitting opposing forward Eric Nystrom over the head with his own helmet during a fight..."

We need even more crazy but this is a good start.

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#10 justDOit
January 14 2013, 02:41PM
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Spydyr wrote:

For me a WOw trade would bring in one of the three:

1)Top 4 d-man.

2) Gritty second line center.

3) A legitimate young goalie to push Dubby.

I forgot part of my comment. I meant that it's close to being a wow trade for this team. As in: Wow - A trade!

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#11 Where's Your Towel
January 14 2013, 02:52PM
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We're trading picks now? Does this mean (dare I say it) it's time to WIN?!

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#12 Mike Krushelnyski
January 14 2013, 03:16PM
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It's a WOW trade because for the first time in history, the Oilers' fan base is unanimous in thinking that this is a good trade. I remember people being mad that we gave up Brewer for Pronger.

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#13 westcoastoil
January 14 2013, 05:48PM
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Excellent move for Fistric - way to go Tambi (whoa I feel dizzy after writing that)

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#14 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 14 2013, 05:56PM
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tambellini made a pro-active move AND it was a good one?

i feel dirty

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#15 dougtheslug
January 14 2013, 07:31PM
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DSF wrote:

If Fistric and the Ghost of Ryan Whitney™ are out agains the Sedins and Burrows, the puck will be in the net.

Pronto.

And if it is the line of Hall Ebs and RNH, they're out with, I know which net the puck will be in.

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#16 Number 1 son
January 14 2013, 08:56PM
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@DSF

That's funny!

If you say "dsf" it sounds just like 'massively self absorbed, boring troll'.

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#17 Mikey
January 14 2013, 01:45PM
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Sweet. Maybe we will get to see more Kevin Bieksa impersonations.

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#18 Calvin
January 14 2013, 01:46PM
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DSG wrote:

FIST! for Fistric!

Damn! I've been camped here all day waiting to use that line!

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#19 Mikey
January 14 2013, 01:51PM
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That is a good deal. It's what the organization needs, plus he is playing in his home town!

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#20 Taylor Gang
January 14 2013, 02:04PM
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The Beaker wrote:

I remember a lot of people saying he should be a guy Edmonton should look at every time we played them last year. I don't really know a lot about him but i DO like the fact that they just made a trade to get better. Even if its only marginal improvement.

Actually this addresses our toughness issue and gives us an immediate improvement on the blue line, I expect this to be a bigger improvement than you think

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#21 MAC962
January 14 2013, 02:20PM
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Excellant pick up for a 3rd. The back end just got tougher, the team just got tougher, and Fistric demands you keep your head up coming across the line.

Good Job , love this move. We just got a tiny bit better in the fact he brings that Andy Sutton presence, BOOM.

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#22 bazmagoo
January 14 2013, 02:20PM
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Love this pickup for the Oilers, roster is filling out quite nicely. Still a lot of question marks, but it's definitely possible our Oil will be in the hunt for a playoff spot.

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#23 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 02:21PM
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justDOit wrote:

But it's close, and not much was given up.

Makes me feel better for J Schultz - one less big hitter to watch out for in the west. Plus, it will be nice to have a tough defender to maybe put out there with JS whenever a game gets chippy.

For me a WOw trade would bring in one of the three:

1)Top 4 d-man.

2) Gritty second line center.

3) A legitimate young goalie to push Dubby.

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#24 Toe-Dragger
January 14 2013, 02:45PM
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justDOit wrote:

But it's close, and not much was given up.

Makes me feel better for J Schultz - one less big hitter to watch out for in the west. Plus, it will be nice to have a tough defender to maybe put out there with JS whenever a game gets chippy.

Considering all of those highlights where be blows up rushing D-men, this is an underrated comment.

Fistric is a great fit here. Having a legit NHL D-man as our #6 is a wonderful change. Add in the fact that he is a punishing hitter, willing shot-blocker, and can play decent minutes and I love it.

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#25 MAC962
January 14 2013, 02:46PM
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IMO- Theo is done. Tuebert brings more or just as much and has more potential. Fistric- Tuebert. No not paired togeather, just = N-A-S-T-Y D .. And Good old Smid. no pushover.

Hey do a write up on SMID, I think all or most of ON, love this guy and how far he has come. He is a warrior.

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#26 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:17PM
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And Yes.....the Kevin Bieksa impersonation was Priceless!

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#27 Old Soldier
January 14 2013, 03:41PM
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Surprising how this move quieted a lot of the anti-ST folks. I like the move, not just for the actual player and his abilities but the flexibilities it gives the team in its pairings, something we havent had in ages.

What I would love to see (perhaps wishful thinking) is to see some of the extra bodies in the body 6 and AHL be used to grab a couple solid energy physical guys. The third line is pretty much set with the contracts of Smythe, Horcoff and Jones, but we have some bodies to move to create a 4th line ala bruins (thorton, Campbell). A line that can go out and keep the other team on their toes at times.

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#28 Thinker
January 14 2013, 03:49PM
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Good addition. Likely only a six or seven, but he is needed. What i don't understand is why the oilers wouldn't make more moves like this (pick for a legit bottom of the roster type) instead of drafting mitch moroz. Potential and proven are two completely different animals. Bottom of the depth chart guys are almost a dime a dozen, and it makes me wonder why we dont just draft bpa. Even if you end up with small scoring forwards, you can trade them for more than you paid. Last year you could have easily got a third for reider. I would always draft bpa, and trade surplus prospects for more picks. eventually your team will become stronger. To summarize: glad oilers aquire player instead of just burning a pick.

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#29 LOIL99
January 14 2013, 03:50PM
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I like this pick-up considering the cost. However, he is not the big hitter that the videos show him to be. Obviously he did make those hits, but he is not a Kronwall. Just a steady stay at home guy who is hard to play against and makes you think twice about heading into the corner with him.

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#30 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 04:01PM
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I'd go along with the consensus that he's potentially a solid 6th D Man. More importantly to me is that he's the TYPE of Dman we need/can use right now....especially given what's out there.

All in All Oilers Nation seems pleased!

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#31 dman09
January 14 2013, 04:06PM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

I'd go along with the consensus that he's potentially a solid 6th D Man. More importantly to me is that he's the TYPE of Dman we need/can use right now....especially given what's out there.

All in All Oilers Nation seems pleased!

His age also helps him fit in perfectly with the Oil's current setup.

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#32 Light, Sweet, Crude
January 14 2013, 04:28PM
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Maybe it's been noted already but the Canucks signed Vandermeer today. Barker and Vandermeer... is Vancouver officially on the Edmonton model? Get Tamby to see if they will take Khabby.

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#33 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 04:36PM
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Light, Sweet, Crude wrote:

Maybe it's been noted already but the Canucks signed Vandermeer today. Barker and Vandermeer... is Vancouver officially on the Edmonton model? Get Tamby to see if they will take Khabby.

Already looking forward to Yak and Hall going around them like turnstiles.

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#34 They're $hittie
January 14 2013, 05:42PM
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Aaron ward just said Nick Schultz is getting an "A"

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#35 Reality Check to the head
January 14 2013, 05:44PM
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Nice to see the oilers working on their depth. Nice trade, good age and still some upside without giving up a crazy amount.

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#36 westcoastoil
January 14 2013, 05:47PM
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It's getting a bit more coverage now, but I really think the change to Krueger had been underestimated. He's the right guy at the right time - it's going to be fun to see what he does differently. Get the feeling all the players are starting from the same spot. Impress him with your play and attitude = ice time.

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#37 Mac962
January 14 2013, 05:54PM
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Hearing from Buds in Hongcouver, the Oilers are more than Mildly interested in Luongo...

Not sure what i think of that , if there is any merit to it. Not the first time i have heard it though... scary ? depending the price. Wherever Lou goes, it should be in a city with less media and fan pressure, Is that here ? hmmmm not sure..

Either way, we are ready, almost. Lets go boys.

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#38 Wax Man Riley
January 14 2013, 06:05PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

tambellini made a pro-active move AND it was a good one?

i feel dirty

As someone mentioned above..... MacT had a good day today.

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#39 a lg dubl dubl
January 14 2013, 07:21PM
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Ha! I trade for Fistric everytime I restart my season in NHL13, now I dont have to! Thanks ST!!

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#40 TLHansum
January 14 2013, 07:39PM
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That hit on Doughty was gorgeous. Could watch that all day

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#41 dougtheslug
January 14 2013, 07:52PM
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DSF wrote:

If you say gullible very slowly it sounds like oranges.

The prospect of orange and blue rushing past the turnstiles named Barker and Vandermeer has caused DSF to lose the one marble he had left.

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#42 Dog Train
January 14 2013, 08:32PM
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It's nice to see us being proactive. Fistric is just what this blueline needed. Our top 6 actually looks pretty good if you ask me. Hopefully, we can have a reasonably healthy season on the backend.

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#43 Slats
January 14 2013, 08:49PM
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Canucks are talking about having 9 NHL dman in camp . . . FOR Oilers in a shortened season where injuries can and will happen - this is a good move!

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#44 DSF
January 14 2013, 08:56PM
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Slats wrote:

Canucks are talking about having 9 NHL dman in camp . . . FOR Oilers in a shortened season where injuries can and will happen - this is a good move!

Yes it is.

But they still need another top 4 guy.

It's not uncommon to have 2 of your top 6 out at the same time and, in a compressed season, that is likely.

If Smid and a Schultz went down, yikes.

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#45 positivebrontefan
January 14 2013, 10:51PM
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Dam! Can he hit! Every Oiler is happy they don't have to play against him this season I can tell you that.

And DSF; four of those were one goal games. I wouldn't call that domination. Flip two more of those around and we split the season series. Not out of reach. We are just happy people are signing our castoffs and not the other way around anymore.

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#46 The Beaker
January 15 2013, 12:06AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I'm not sold on Fistric, I don’t particularly like that we gave a 3rd round pick for a rental player.

This one could come back to slap us. This year’s draft is deep.

The Oilers should be looking for a top 2 defensemen so players are not playing out of there element or skill set.

Smid-Petry as one two has trouble written all over it.

You think a 3rd was too much to give up for Fistric yet you think we should somehow aquire a top two? From where? For how much?

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#47 OilerLand
January 15 2013, 12:29AM
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I have a weird feeling Sutton may retire, and we'll easily re-sign Fistric (can we call him fister, or is this a family site?)

love this move.

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#48 BURROWSHASCRABS
January 15 2013, 01:21AM
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DSF wrote:

The chances of Hopkins, Eberle and Hall being on the ice at the same time as Vandermeer and Barker is about as great as the chance that Freddie will send Fistric and Peckham out against the Sedins and Burrows.

In other words, not likely at all.

You should also bear in mind that Vandermeer and Barker are the Canucks #7 and #8 defensemen so will likely see very little ice time in any event, barring injury.

4-3

2-3

4-3

3-2

5-2

3-0

That's 5W and 1L last season.

The good news is the Oilers only have to play the Canucks 5 times this season.

Oranges.....very slowly.

Oh keeping score uh? Well dont forget this one

Oilers 5(cups) Canucks 0(cups)

Yeah that's right I'm using the Stanley Cup thing, because we can sucka!! Woooooooo!

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#49 Walter Sobchak
January 15 2013, 02:05AM
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The Beaker wrote:

You think a 3rd was too much to give up for Fistric yet you think we should somehow aquire a top two? From where? For how much?

1) Yes, as mentioned above

2) Yes, as mentioned above

3) I dont care where.

4) I dont care how much, as long as it doesnt take away from the 5

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#50 justDOit
January 14 2013, 01:49PM
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That's a pretty tidy pick-up for a 3rd round pick - his contract must be up this year.

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