Oilers sign Pouliot and Fayne to multi-year deals


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.

Related: MacT thinks the Oilers are a ‘compelling story’ for free agents


Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

Anton Slepyshev, Anton Lander
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Canucks roll the dice on rookies, waive Vey and Corrado

Jared McCann, Connor McDavid, Ben Hutton

A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.

The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)

It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.

Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.

Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.