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Trade: Edmonton acquires Fistric from Dallas

Jan 14, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenseman Mark Fistric from Dallas in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

According to Edmonton’s press release, the trade is contingent upon Fistric passing the club’s medical examination. Fistric missed five games late in the 2011-12 season with an abdominal muscle injury.

If completed, the trade will bring Fistric back to his hometown — he was born in Edmonton and represented the city in the Alberta Midget Hockey League — and give the Oilers a physical presence on the blueline.

Fistric was taken by Dallas in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (28th overall) and led all Stars defensemen in hits last season, with 235.

It’s a curious decision by Dallas as the Stars aren’t exactly loaded on the blueline. Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley, Aaron Rome and Philip Larsen are the lone veteran presences, though this move could open up minutes for Brenden Dillon and 2011 first-rounder Jamie Oleksiak.

Of note, the Stars made Fistric a qualifying offer in July, signing him to a one-year, $1.475 million deal.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Oh god, here come the Edler for Benn rumours to replace the hole Fistric is leaving.

  2. loinstache - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    yeah exactly, never going to happen. aquilini and the stars ownership despise each other, no way a blockbuster in conference is happening with those two

  3. darksidecowboy - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    With Brandon Dillon ready for the NHL this gives Joe another trade chip to reach and get Seth Jones next draft. Stars also have a chance with lottery to nab #1 or high pick to trade up to get him.

  4. dprouse - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    The Oilers get a hard hitting, serviceable NHL defenceman, albeit for a shortened season, for what amounts to a lottery ticket. (Few, if any, third round picks ever play in the league.) That’s a good deal for the Oilers. Sure, Fistric is a UFA this summer, but as a short term solution, this is a smart move by Edmonton. Other GMs are no doubt thinking that they would have given up a bit more had they known Fistric was available…

    • elvispocomo - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      It’s only a 3rd rounder; I wouldn’t equate that with a lottery ticket. That’s more like a $2 scratch and win.

    • mwalluk - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Kris Letang was a 3rd rounder (62 overall). Just saying.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I am surprised that the Stars gave up on this young puck-mover, especially since they lack defense. Goligoski hasn’t been putting up the numbers he was expected to in Dallas so far, and the Star’s offense can’t do it all. Sorry Dallas, Jagr can’t help you win on offense alone.

    • imacdane - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      “puck-mover”? I stopped reading after that. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • letsgopens8771 - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        How so? What I have seen of Fistric is that his weaknesses are:
        1. He is a bit slower than most defenseman
        2. He possesses no threat offensively whatsoever

        He is a decent young puck moving d-man when he has to be and is very physical. Other than that, he is average.

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