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Oilers sign Pouliot and Fayne to multi-year deals

Jul 1, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers are making a splash in free agency. Just minutes into today’s frenzy, they’ve signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a five-year, $20 million deal and defenseman Mark Fayne to a four-year, $14.5 million contract.

Pouliot, 27, had 15 goals and 21 assists for the Rangers this past season, and was part of an effective New York third line (with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard) in the playoffs.  A fourth overall pick of the Wild in 2005, the Oilers’ will be Pouliot’s sixth NHL team. Which is to say, there’s risk in this long-term deal for Edmonton.

Fayne, 27, had four goals and 27 assists for the Devils in 2013-14, while logging 18:19 of ice time per game.

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  1. lordfletcher - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Benoit Pouliot to a five-year, $20 million deal


    • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Yes that could pose a problem when the kids need new contracts.

      • stakex - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Not really. Eberle, Hall, and Hopkins all have deals that run for at least the next five seasons, meaning any possible extensions for them will not be impacted by this deal. The Oilers also have an abundance of cap space, with $12.5 million remaining after these signings.

    • rpiotr01 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Mother of god.

      But ya know what? Good for Pouliot. Someone backs up a dump truck full of money to your door, I don’t blame him one bit.

    • billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      lol yupp. oilers GM is a tard.

  2. roblo76 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Lulz my god…

  3. jonnyhammersticks - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Five year deal for Pouliot?????????

  4. DED - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Wow, Pouliot. Enjoy the wait.

  5. trolltoll11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Had hoped NYR could keep Pouliot. Loved how he played this year but wow talk about overpaid. I sure won’t miss his horrible offensive zone penalties. Only other gripe I have on him is a man of his size should play like a man of his size, that he does not.

  6. stakex - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Wow….. I can’t believe they gave Pouliot a deal like that.

    He was solid with the Rangers last year, and showed flashes of top flight skill at times. Would have loved to seen him stay, but that contract is nuts. Perhaps he’ll prove otherwise, but I think that’s going to be a hauntingly bad signing by the time the five years are up.

  7. jb8588 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    When guys like Benoit Pouliot are getting five year deals like that it just shows you how dumb some of these GM’s are and why the league keeps having lockouts during CBA agreement time.

    • DED - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      In Edmonton’s case, I think it’s desperation.

  8. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Two or three years for now I expect they’ll be regretting that Pouliot deal…but for now, he adds size to their forward group. They need that. He’s a good addition to the roster although definitely pricey. Just have to hope his occasional absolute lack of caring doesn’t rub off on some kids that need mentoring.

    I really like the Fayne signing for them. Really good price and I didn’t realize he had 31 points on a low scoring Devils team this year, while only averaging 18 TOI. He’s not gonna push them over the edge but at that price I think he’s a great add.

    • trolltoll11 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Pouliot’s size is irrelevant. He plays like he’s 5’8′.

      • jb8588 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        You beat me to it. He is a big guy yes but definitely doesn’t use it to his advantage by any stretch…ala Jeff Schultz.

  9. dboldave - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Enjoy seeing him score a highlight goal followed by 3-4 boneheaded plays. He has legit talent but he is way too inconsistent.

  10. billiam55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    the only reason pouliot did so good was because of his linemates. zuuc and brass really helped him. oilers are stupid for singing him to such a ridiculous contract. they may regret this one.

  11. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    LOL, Thank god! I mean the dude is decent, but come on now. It’s time for the Rangers to start using their drafted players on the cheap. I’m sure JT Miller will at least duplicate what Pouliot did this year at 894k.

    JT Miller
    Oscar Lindberg 675k
    Conor Allen 925k
    Dylan Mcilrath 703k, skipped U.S. olympian Cam Fowler for him, so he better be ready.
    Danny Kristo, resign and get him a look.
    Anthony Duclair 722k, killed it in the Q this year with 50, give him a look.

    • stakex - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      JT Miller will likely be the 3rd line center, and I would expect McIlrath to make the team as the 6th defensemen (likely with J Moore). Not sure any of the other guys are quite ready though.

      • nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Yeah, I’m excited to see some of the guys I mentioned in camp, see what they have. I love J Moore excellent stride, great skater.

  12. 19to77 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Oh, MacT. Shine on, you crazy diamond. Free agency is a brighter, more exciting time because of you.

  13. dumbassgreg - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    welcome to dustin penner part 2. see mct is keeping the memory of the genius kevin lowe alive. this is lowe type signing . fayne is good player but like ference is a 4-5 defensemen will play higher then that on oilers.

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