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.