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Report: Oilers to meet with Devils’ Fayne

Jun 25, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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When you look at the list of potential free agents available on July 1, chances are New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne won’t be the first one you’ll think of as a difference maker. At least one team is thinking of him differently.

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports the Edmonton Oilers will meet with Fayne on Thursday as part of the NHL’s new interview window for potential free agents.

Fayne has spent the past four seasons in New Jersey and while his offensive numbers aren’t anything spectacular (13 goals, 48 points in 242 career games), he’s been important to the Devils when it comes to puck possession and reducing opponents chances.

As we saw from the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs, having players that can help do that goes a long way and the Oilers’ defense has been far from good the past few seasons. Fayne may not have the marquee name, but he could go a long way towards helping Edmonton (or anyone else) in need of blue line help.

  1. stevosupremo89 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Can’t Salvador, and Volchenkov leave before Fayne? He at least does a few things right

    • nj666 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      he does a lot right.

  2. thecheeman - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    He’s 27
    and plays low minutes
    on a team bereft of quality defensemen
    in a system he’s been a part of for four years
    and his best numbers were 3 seasons ago
    and they weren’t good

    If the Oilers plan on overpaying for this guy and sticking him in their chaotic “system” and having him log big minutes the results will be predictable.

    It will be a bigger joke than Clarkson

    • 950003cups - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      He doesn’t play low minutes. He’s a shut down dman. Nobody looks at their stats too much. Devils can’t lose Fayne unless he’s grossly overpaid. Even so, why wasn’t he signed earlier in the season?

      • thecheeman - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        He’s 6th in per game minutes on the Devils. How much lower does he have to be before you think he plays low minutes. Merrill played more minutes per game than Fayne did.

  3. thecheeman - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    He’s 27
    and plays low minutes
    on a team bereft of quality defensemen
    in a system he’s been a part of for four years
    and his best numbers were 3 seasons ago
    and they weren’t good

    If the Oilers plan on overpaying for this guy and sticking him in their chaotic “system” and having him log big minutes the results will be predictable.

    It will be a bigger joke than Clarkson…well maybe not.

  4. tross16 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Please edm sign him so the devils don’t! This guy is horrible

  5. dontbebitter - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Who needs Fayne ($1.3M) around when you’ve got Volchenkov ($4.25M) and Salvador ($3.16M)?!?!

    In all seriousness… Fayne is underrated (as evident by the other comments). Would hate to see him go when NJ has pylons like the other two I mentioned wasting roster space and cap space.

    I’m bitter.

  6. withseidelinn - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    If the Leafs try and actively sign Franson and not at least contact this guy’s camp………. I don’t even know what to say anymore.

  7. gbart22 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    As a devils fan if the oilers get him they should be very happy and he strikes me as the type of player Edmonton could use. I’ll miss him I don’t want him gone but I’m stuck with crappy Salvador bc he wears the “vaunted” C.

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      your on drugs. Fayne sucks. And yeah, IDK what nj was thinking giving Slavador the c. Should be Elias or at the time it should have been Kovalchuk.

  8. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    So much for Buffalo trading Ehrhoff.

    For $4 mill/year, he’s probably the best defenseman that’ll be available in a trade.

    And he should bring back a good return.

    • 19to77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      It still blows my mind that Vancouver balked at his contract expectations. Granted, Mike Gillis was a giant cheapskate whose ineptitude cost him two starting goalies for practically nothing, and eventually his job with it. But still. Ehrhoff’s deal is long, but cheap as hell relative to the market. A top-3 offensive D for a $4m cap hit? God yes. Especially with nearly half of the contract paid off already due to the miracles of frontloading.

      • hallforpresident - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        A team like EDM doesn’t really care about the money being paid. It’s all about the cap hit, and Ehrhoff’s cap hit, while small, goes on an awfully long time. That being said, I’d take him on Edmonton in a heartbeat.

  9. pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Nice, Good. GREAT! You can have him! He sucks. Every Devils fan wants him Salvador and Tallinder gone. Take all 3. PLEASE!

    • pj608 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I meant Volchenkov not Tallinder. Buffalo already fell for that Sack of mud.

    • nj666 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      you’re stupid if you are lumping him in with salvador and volchenkov. watch a hockey game you might learn something.

  10. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I was hoping the Flyers would take a run at this guy (if they clear some cap). He’s underrated and still just 27. But watch the Oilers offer him something like $4mil per. They’ve already helped to set the market too high with their Nikitin deal, why not overpay again? I can’t imagine what Niskanen is gonna get if a player like Nikitin can net 4.5 coming off his worst season.

    • nj666 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      I’m sure they’re one of the teams talking to him. The devils are dumb for not locking him up already.

  11. hotlanta57 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Fayne is the type of player who is a winner. If the Oilers lock him up long term they will have two of the most BA defense men in the league (the other being Andrew Ference)

  12. roblo76 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Man, Fayne must be grinning from ear to ear looking at Nikitin’s (!) deal and talking to the Oilers, too. The cost of average, journeymen #5 defensemen sure skyrocketed today. Thanks, Oilers. (Desperate much???)

  13. jaredwmoore - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Fayne often played well on the Devils top defensive pairing with Andy Greene. I’d like to keep him, but he’s also the type of guy that you shouldn’t overpay because he won’t contribute a lot offensively. His Corsi #s are good, he’s a good passer, and he doesn’t take a lot of stupid penalties.

    I have a gut feeling that Edmonton is going to overpay him though, and leave him with little choice but to take the money. It would be a shame if the Devils lost him, as he’s better than Salvador and Volchenkov right now, and he’s another guy that Lou could have locked up before hitting UFA and didn’t, but I don’t think it would be a crippling loss if he left like Parise and Kovalchuk were. The Devils do have some good defenseman prospects in the system and Gelinas/Merrill/Larsson should get better the more they play. Greene is a stud. Zidlicky can chip in offensively although he’s a trainwreck defensively, and they still have Salvador/Volchenkov/Harrold under contract (and could still use a compliance buyout on one of them, regardless of what Lou said the other day). Mark Fayne leaving in FA won’t be the reason why the Devils will or won’t make the playoffs next season.

  14. ray2013 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    He’d instantly be the best dman on the Oilers, so it makes sense if all they have to do is pay him without giving up any players picks or prospects.

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