Life moves fast: Fayne back with Oilers after being waived, demoted

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Mark Fayne’s wild week continues.

Fayne — he of the $14.5 million contract — was recalled by the Oilers on Wednesday, just one day after clearing waivers and being demoted to AHL Bakersfield.

An injury to d-man Eric Gryba opened the door for Fayne’s return. Gryba has been placed on IR, though the Oilers didn’t announce what the ailment is.

The last few days were a microcosm of Fayne’s tenure in Edmonton — tumultuous, and dotted with transactions.

In July of 2014, the Oilers signed him to the aforementioned $14.5 million deal, with then-GM Craig MacTavish calling him “a very good defender” that made plays “highly effectively.”

Roughly 17 months after inking that contract, Fayne fell out of favor with new head coach Todd McLellan, and saw his role drastically reduced. The former Devils rearguard averaged just 16:43 TOI last season, got waived in December, and appeared in 69 contests (and four for the Condors, his first AHL stint since the ’10-11 campaign).

Then, on Monday, Fayne was waived for the second time in as many seasons.