Free agency begins...Oilers sign Fayne and Pouliot

Jason Gregor
July 01 2014 10:02AM

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The Dallas Stars got a jump on the rest of the NHL when they acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson for Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015.

The West continues to get stronger, and if the Oilers plan to become competitive in two years they must develop Leon Draisaitl correctly. You need elite centres, two of them, to compete in the western conference. 

The Oilers won't get an elite centre in free agency, but they will try to find some quality veterans to help the Oilers young core become more competitive.

BREAKING...Oilers sign Mark Fayne to a four-year deal at $3.5 million/year and Benoit Pouliot for five years at $4 mill/year.

Former Oiler, Ales Hemsky, signs in Dallas for three years at $4 million/year 

Oilers sign Keith Aulie to a one-year deal. Good depth guy. He can be a #6/7 and it is better that he sits in the pressbox instead of a young D-man.

The Oilers will try to land a centre, a 3rd line left winger a 4th line right winger and some D-men.

They will go after players like Legwand, Goc, Grabovski, Jokinen, Boyle, Kulemin, Pouliot, Winnik, Fayne, Engelland, Stralman and Dan Boyle.

If they can land two of those players that would be a good day, if they get three would very good. We'll see what happens.

We will update you as the day unfolds.

Also, before we get to hockey I'd like to say Happy 147th birthday to The True North Strong and Free. I'm extremely lucky to have been born in this great country and make sure you celebrate our great Nation today.

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QUICK HITS...

  • With Dallas trading for Spezza, this puts even more pressure on St.Louis to try and sign Stastny. I like Stastny a lot, but if he gets $7mill/year that is huge money for a guy who is a great 2nd line centre.


  • Jarome Iginla and the Bruins might have to part ways because the Bs have limited cap space. Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Colorado and Detroit are interested. The Avs really like Iginla and want his experience and if they lose out on Stastny, which seems likely, they could go hard after Iggy.


  • Dave Bolland is my pick for biggest overpayment. Who is yours?

SIGNINGS BEGIN...

  • Penguins sign Ehrhoff for one year at $4 million. Good signing for Pens, especially with Maatta coming off shoulder surgery.
  • Manny Malhotra signs a one year, $850,000 deal with Montreal. Malhotra continues to be a great feel good story....
  • Mark Fayne at four years $3.5 million is a solid signing, but I don't see him more than a #4 long term. The most important part of this signing is that means the Oilers don't have to rush their young D-men.
  • Pouliot's five years concerns me. Time will tell, but that money for five years could be an issue in the future. He has played on five teams in five years. The Oilers needed a proven NHL player and he is that, but five years is major risk, IMO. Pouliot is a former #4 overall pick, so he does have some skill. I like that he is very aggressive on the forecheck and he will give the Oilers a good puck retriever.

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#1 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:04AM
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Niskanen

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#2 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:05AM
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or who ever the oilers get

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#3 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:07AM
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there goes erhoff

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#4 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 10:11AM
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wow. Earhoff goes one year. i guess he's gambling the cap will be higher next summer and the offers will be richer and then go long term.

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#5 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:14AM
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fayne and pouliot, yes!

and a great contract, not sure about 4M for that long on Pouliot.

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#6 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 10:14AM
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and oilers get fayne

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#7 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 10:17AM
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Are they trading someone away? Why Pouliot?

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#8 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:20AM
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I just pooped a brick. Beniot Pouliot signs for 5 years. Can they start the buyout.

Mark Fayne, meh.

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#9 jonny94
July 01 2014, 10:20AM
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Pricey for these guys but glad we have some much needed solid NHL players added to the roster

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#10 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:22AM
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Another huge overpay on Pouliot

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#11 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:22AM
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Fayne appears OK to me at the moment.

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#12 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 10:22AM
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Smokey wrote:

I just pooped a brick. Beniot Pouliot signs for 5 years. Can they start the buyout.

Mark Fayne, meh.

8.5 million on Purcell and Pouliot. Ouch. I don't get why they would sign Pouliot unless they are about to trade one of their wingers. Hopefully it's Yakupov.

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#13 Serious Gord
July 01 2014, 10:23AM
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So the father of the old boys cuts a deal with them.

Nauseating.

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#14 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:24AM
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Now for that #2 center.......via trade?

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#15 Privateeye
July 01 2014, 10:24AM
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$3.5/ year for Fayne is a steal

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#16 Andrew
July 01 2014, 10:24AM
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What is wrong with our team? Why would we dish out such a huge overpayment so fast when we could get an equivalent player in a few days on a shorter deal.

I am completely miserable.

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#17 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:26AM
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If you were a smid fan an thought his contract was fine, the Fayne deal is great than.

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#18 The Last Big Bear
July 01 2014, 10:26AM
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Pouliot is a 15 goal depth winger, who is 27 years old and is pretty much a finished product.

Better lock him up to a heavy contract for the longest term possible.

#because6rings

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#19 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:27AM
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I would not mind a better second goalie than Fasth to push Ben......Hiller would be nice.

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#20 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 10:29AM
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@The Last Big Bear

It's a head scratcher for sure.

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#21 The Real Scuba Steve
July 01 2014, 10:31AM
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Good ones MacT, keep em coming.

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#22 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:31AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

8.5 million on Purcell and Pouliot. Ouch. I don't get why they would sign Pouliot unless they are about to trade one of their wingers. Hopefully it's Yakupov.

I like the signing, I just hope its lower cap hit.

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#23 Quicksilver ballet
July 01 2014, 10:32AM
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Pretty good first half hour. Let's see what the next couple hours bring. Boyle, Penner, others still to decide.

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#24 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 10:33AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would not mind a better second goalie than Fasth to push Ben......Hiller would be nice.

The Oilers are OK for goaltending.

What about Vancouver though? Can't go through the season with an AHL tender in Lack. Hiller and Miller to Vancouver will have me laughing alll day though!

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#25 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:33AM
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I can see Pouliot under performing with the long term.As per TSN.

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#26 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:34AM
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SlowTalker wrote:

The Oilers are OK for goaltending.

What about Vancouver though? Can't go through the season with an AHL tender in Lack. Hiller and Miller to Vancouver will have me laughing alll day though!

Did you think the Oilers were OK for goaltending last year?

I did not.

Miller is over rated IMO.

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#27 Lofty
July 01 2014, 10:34AM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

Pouliot is a 15 goal depth winger, who is 27 years old and is pretty much a finished product.

Better lock him up to a heavy contract for the longest term possible.

#because6rings

He's an actual NHL player that's going to play for the Oilers... Its an improvement.

The salary cap has gone up almost 20% over the last 5 years. Your $4 million dollar player now gets paid around $5. Inflation.

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#28 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:35AM
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Andrew wrote:

What is wrong with our team? Why would we dish out such a huge overpayment so fast when we could get an equivalent player in a few days on a shorter deal.

I am completely miserable.

I agree, Nashville and Pheonix will pick up value deals of comparable players for 1 year at basement prices while we enjoy the Pouliot albatross for years to come.

Mark Fayne I can live with. Reasonable contrast, a much needed player.

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#29 Shaun
July 01 2014, 10:35AM
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Stasny gone

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#30 WhattaMike
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Very good start to me as Fayne, at 27 yrs, is a very positive signing at a decent contract. In today's market he got basically what any team who could of gotten wouldve paid...so as long as he is not with a NMC or NTC I am good with this. He is big and tough enough with great shutdown abilties. I believe he will be paired with Ference while Nikitin will move over with Schultz, leaving Marancin to stay with Petry (if not traded).

The defence is looking far better now as a six man set-up with all NHL type players (no AHL ones) than the last five yrs or so.

The Oilers are at least showing smarts for now that this is to let the kids grow up and develop nicely in the system and.... thank goodness the Oilers retained Nelson. He will be great for the kids down in OKC once again.

Pouliot, at 27 yrs old, is a great signing as because $4 mil per year is very do-able and this guy can play great with grit/toughness/some offence on any 3rd line in the league. As long as the cap keeps going up and he did not stick any NTC in the contract this is awesome.

Besides, everyone knows this is a day every team pretty much overpays....prime example is Clarkson of TML...

Good more small steps forward MacT.

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#31 pelhem grenville
July 01 2014, 10:37AM
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...Pouliot becomes the oilers 5th top points getter on the team behind RNH... ...y'can't crap on this pickup...

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#32 MattL
July 01 2014, 10:38AM
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Didn't MacT say at the end of the year that they weren't going to add any middle of the road second pairing Dmen? And we got two for $8M? I guess it's better than last year when we had all third pairing guys...

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#33 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:38AM
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Stastny to blues 4years 7 mill

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#34 Waiting4six
July 01 2014, 10:38AM
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Stasny to St. Loius

How much for Bergland now..?

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#35 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:39AM
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Lofty wrote:

He's an actual NHL player that's going to play for the Oilers... Its an improvement.

The salary cap has gone up almost 20% over the last 5 years. Your $4 million dollar player now gets paid around $5. Inflation.

no one disputes you, its an assinine term by a desperate GM.

Remember Raymond, similar player in terms of where they slot in on your 3rd line. Got a tryout and a 1 million dollar deal last year.

Mark Pouliot is not a driven player and in no way deserves term.

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#36 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:40AM
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I meant Beniot, oops.

Wrong POO

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#37 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:41AM
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Gilbert to Habs

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#38 Harlie
July 01 2014, 10:42AM
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Seeing the last name Pouliot on a jersey will be a little disconcerting for awhile, damn you MAP!!

And still waiting on our big second line center..

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#39 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:42AM
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Jussi to Panthers....Glad that player passed the Oilers by.

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#40 a lg dubl dubl
July 01 2014, 10:43AM
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Im glad Cammelarri went east

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#41 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:44AM
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Anyone do the math after reasonable signings for Shultz and Petry how much magic money do they have left?

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#42 TonyT
July 01 2014, 10:45AM
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Purcell, Fayne, and Poulioit so far. MacT buying into advanced stats.

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#43 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:45AM
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Boyle to NY

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#44 bradleypi
July 01 2014, 10:46AM
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@The Last Big Bear

Shocker.... guy hasn't been an oiler for an hour and he's getting crapped on...I love the signings today... actual nhl players are never a bad thing...keep them coming Mact!!

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#45 The Last Big Bear
July 01 2014, 10:48AM
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Lofty wrote:

He's an actual NHL player that's going to play for the Oilers... Its an improvement.

The salary cap has gone up almost 20% over the last 5 years. Your $4 million dollar player now gets paid around $5. Inflation.

Pouliot has been in the NHL for 7 years, has averaged a cap hit of $1.4m, and has never been given more than 1 year of term and never retained by his previous team, since his ELC expired.

With no material improvement in play, he just got a $4m x 5 year contract.

That's not cap inflation. That's just a really bad contract.

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#46 Serious Gord
July 01 2014, 10:49AM
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Gionta to cgy.

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#47 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 10:50AM
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Smokey wrote:

no one disputes you, its an assinine term by a desperate GM.

Remember Raymond, similar player in terms of where they slot in on your 3rd line. Got a tryout and a 1 million dollar deal last year.

Mark Pouliot is not a driven player and in no way deserves term.

Are you tracking this? Raymond 3yr 9.5 mill.

You corrected yourself but jeez..Marc Pouliot??

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#48 Serious Gord
July 01 2014, 10:51AM
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So is Petry toast? Thought I heard that on the sn feed

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#49 The Last Big Bear
July 01 2014, 10:51AM
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bradleypi wrote:

Shocker.... guy hasn't been an oiler for an hour and he's getting crapped on...I love the signings today... actual nhl players are never a bad thing...keep them coming Mact!!

Nobody's crapping on the Fayne contract yet...

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#50 v4ance
July 01 2014, 10:51AM
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Smokey wrote:

no one disputes you, its an assinine term by a desperate GM.

Remember Raymond, similar player in terms of where they slot in on your 3rd line. Got a tryout and a 1 million dollar deal last year.

Mark Pouliot is not a driven player and in no way deserves term.

Pouliot got $4M/5 yrs and Raymond just signed 3 yrs, $9.5 total or around $3.1/yr with Calgary.

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