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Fayne looking forward to defending the ‘bigger guys’ in West

Jul 23, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

Mark Fayne, Mark Letestu AP

Mark Fayne wants to “bring some consistency” to an Oilers’ defense that desperately needs some.

“They have such firepower up front,” Fayne said Tuesday of his new team, per the Edmonton Sun. “My job is to get them the puck and let them do their job.”

The Oilers signed the 27-year-old defenseman to a four-year, $14.5 million contract on July 1. And while many are wondering how Fayne will fare without his old New Jersey partner, Andy Greene, the move to the burly Western Conference is something he believes will be good for his game.

“The tougher thing for me is playing against the smaller, fast guys, [so] I’m actually looking forward to the West,” Fayne said, per the Edmonton Journal. “My style and build might be better against the bigger guys.”

Edmonton had the NHL’s highest goal-against average (3.26) in 2013-14. Though not all of that was on the defense — much of it was on the goaltending, and some more of it was on the forwards’ inability to maintain possession in the offensive zone —  the Oilers are counting on Fayne to be a big part of the solution.

Said general manager Craig MacTavish, “When you look at the makeup of our defense right now, it looks like an NHL defense, which it didn’t always last year.”

  1. thecheeman - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Andy Greene’s agent is going to be presenting the Mark Fayne in/out splits next year in his free agent negotiations.

    I’m in a minority of Devils fans on here but I fully expect Fayne to flop around and fail greatly based on both his talent level and his ability to make rapid adjustments in Edmonton’s chaotic playing style.

  2. nyking1963 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    um Mark..
    You were torched against the Kings in the cup finals. Is that what you really want to see every night?

  3. zuccrobbedtherangers - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    True nyking, only thing is they won two games against the true Kings

  4. avscup - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Um Mark…the speed is faster and the guys are bigger. Good luck. Can’t wait to see you try Duchene and Mackinnon on a regular basis.

  5. 950003cups - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I think the Oilers blew it with that signing. If they think he’s gonna bring in the NJ Devils defensive system to Edmonton, they’re stupid. If they think he’s a well tempered dman who doesn’t fumble under pressure, they’re in for a shock.

    I guess this is why we have Center-Ice and Game Center. I wanna watch how he does in Edmonton.

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