OILERS RECALL MARK FAYNE

The AHL website was the first source I found for the recall, but this was anticipated and we discussed the possibility this morning. The next natural question is in regard to Brandon Davidson and his injury, one suspects we will get some kind of word in the next few hours.

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The Oilers defensively have not improved since Fayne was sent down, and even if Davidson is healthy one hopes we see Fayne in the lineup. Edmonton’s defense has been poor since the summer of 2006, and today’s transaction confirmed what we all knew: They are years from being good enough to demote a bona fide NHL defenseman and keep him there.

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  1. Bar_Qu says:

    Nurse-Sekera
    Schultz-Fayne
    Ference-Gryba?

    I’m sure that’ll fix what ails ya.

    If what ails you is better play from any of those players.

  2. mujidog says:

    So:

    ?????-Sekera
    ?????-?????
    ?????-?????

    Looks good!

  3. fifthcartel says:

    Hopefully Davidson’s injury isn’t too bad, he was having a solid season. If Klefbom’s back soon I would run

    Klefbom-Sekera
    Nurse-Fayne
    Gryba-Schultz

    Then Davidson-Schultz when BD88 returns.

  4. Bar_Qu says:

    fifthcartel:
    Hopefully Davidson’s injury isn’t too bad, he was having a solid season.

    I’ve cracked ribs before and breathing, moving or lying down make it hurt more (heaven forbid you sneeze). I think he’ll be able to play soon but they would be fools to put him out on the ice prior to New Year’s.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom—Sekera
    Davidson—Fayne
    Nurse—Schultz

  6. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Even after winning the McDavid sweepstakes the Oilers must have the worst luck of any NHL franchise over the last 11 years. The injuries this year are crazy. Must be difficult for Chia to evaluate and attempt to make trades when 1/3 of the ideal starting line-up is dinged up or on IR.

    Last season the early story was bad goaltending. This season it is injuries. As someone on yesterday’s thread said (I think Mr. DeBakey): injuries are not an excuse they are a reason. No NHL team preforms well with this many key injuries.

  7. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Klefbom—Sekera
    Davidson—Fayne
    Nurse—Schultz

    I can live with that. I hope that Davidson is OK.

  8. Pastor of Disaster says:

    fifthcartel,

    I’ve been meaning to say this for a long time, 5thCart, but I just wanted to give a shout out to your ‘TV on the Radio’ album cover avatar. That was perhaps the most underrated album of last year.

    Now, on with the hockey.

  9. John Chambers says:

    Lucky we have an ample stock of 5-6-7 defensemen to draw from when one goes down.

  10. Tire Fire says:

    This was mentioned on the other thread, but it should get seen by more people.

    Richard Cloutier of hockey buzz and various other websites just went through a really hard time and is leaving the online world. He’s got a really nice and personal goodbye up on prettyskatemachine,com.

    He wasn’t someone I kept track of, his style didn’t quite match my bland tastes, but what a rough ride for the guy. If anyone knows him, it would be a good time to reach out. Even if you didn’t, his email is up and I’m sure an electronic pat on the back wouldn’t go amiss.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 10m10 minutes ago

    FORWARDS:
    Moroz – Yakimov – Slepyshev
    Hamilton – Miller – Ford
    Roy – Platzer – Chase
    Kessy – Currie – Christoffer

    DEFENSE:
    Oesterle – Hunt
    Gernat – Musil
    LaLeggia – Simpson

    IN NET: Scrivens
    2 retweets 4 likes

    My guess is Reinhart is in fact injured

  12. Centre of attention says:

    Although I agree with LT’s proposed D pairs, I am pretty sure Todd will go with something like this instead:

    Sekera-Fayne
    Klefbom-Schultz
    Nurse-Gryba

    Davidson isn’t playing tomorrow IMO.

    1.He ran Sekera-Fayne as a pair for quite some time

    2 .Klef-Schultz have a history together even before Todd and it has continued under his tenure. Its pretty common for coaches to lean on somewhat established pairs. They have been serviceable so far under McLellan so I think that’s what we see.

    It does limit Klefboms wheeling 5×5 a bit but I think Todd sees Klefbom as a Vlasic type anyways.

    We wait.

  13. Really? says:

    Tire Fire,

    I used to read his work and because of that I visited the site you quoted. I read his piece and must admit I found it to be one of the saddest pieces of prose I have ever read.

    My heart goes out to him and I hope he finds what he is looking for.

  14. stevezie says:

    Kevin Lowe should just track down the gypsy he ran over and apologize.

    I am glad Fayne is back up. He may not fit the coach’s style, but he is an NHL player.

  15. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Klefbom Sekera
    Nurse Fayne
    Reinhart Davidson
    Gryba

    Schultz at 3RW or on another team

  16. SwedishPoster says:

    Lowetide,

    In the pre-game for the outdoor game they mentioned he was doubtful so I think that’s correct.

  17. Caramel Obvious says:

    Really?:
    Tire Fire,

    I used to read his work and because of that I visited the site you quoted. I read his piece and must admit I found it to be one of the saddest pieces of prose I have ever read.

    My heart goes out to him and I hope he finds what he is looking for.

    That was something. Human beings need to live in a world. The internet is not a world, virtual or otherwise.

  18. SwedishPoster says:

    Really?:
    Tire Fire,

    I used to read his work and because of that I visited the site you quoted. I read his piece and must admit I found it to be one of the saddest pieces of prose I have ever read.

    My heart goes out to him and I hope he finds what he is looking for.

    I hope the people close to him reach out to him because that made my alarm bells go off. All the best to him and I hope he gets the support and personal strength to find what he’s looking for.

  19. JAG-041 says:

    fifthcartel:

    Then Davidson-Schultz when BD88 returns.

    THIS!!! haha

  20. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Tire Fire,

    Am waiting for a little clarification from you when you have time. Thanks.

  21. Water Fire says:

    SwedishPoster: I hope the people close to him reach out to him because that made my alarm bells go off. All the best to him and I hope he gets the support and personal strength to find what he’s looking for.

    I had the same reaction, it’s concerning. I hope he’s ok.

  22. kinger_OIL says:

    – this is the last season I wait for things to be better next season. I’m a grown man with a young family. It’s either closure or good times.

    – here’s the line in the sand. If all of Fayne nikitin ferrence gryba jultz and purcell and that 20 mm + isn’t spent on some combo of harmonic burns buff etc then this team isn’t trying to win.

    – we need 2 d at least as effective as sekera and klef that bring other parts

    – if gadzic korpi letetsu pak lander aren’t at least half gone and not replaced by a combination of effective vets or difference maker cheap guys like how we hope jj or sleppy miller etc will turn out then this team isn’t trying to win.

    – if our starting g tandem is an overage back-up who was never an NHL starter and a khl special then this team isn’t trying to win

    – fuck injuries. They happened. This team wasn’t built this year to win. Injuries or not.

    – new guy-new guy (better or same as klef-sekera)
    – klef-sekera
    – nurse-Davidson-griff all trying to move up but playing where they should at this stage on a good team.

    – no more waiting until next year. This summer is make or break for this fan

    – thanks for reading!

    *note trying to win = knowing how to win = capable as an organization to win = the management in place to win.

  23. RexLibris says:

    Rookie D goes down creating a roster spot for veteran RHD with 340 NHL games under his belt to be called up from the AHL.

    Must be the Oilers.

    Had Schultz not been coming back from injury then based on merit it ought to have been he who was sent to Bakersfield rather than Fayne. However, now that he is back from injury (at least we are led to believe that injury is no longer an issue for him) should Davidson return to health shortly after Christmas (which, by the way, is great timing for Fayne – he can be in the NHL over the holidays) then I’d like management to make the call on Schultz and realize that he needs to be re-assigned. If teams wouldn’t take Fayne at less $ I highly doubt they claim Schultz who has an inferior defensive resume and little offense to speak of.

  24. stevezie says:

    Water Fire,

    prettyskatemachine.com

    Unless you meant on the moralizing front, in which case I’ll leave you both to it.

    You are both very bad people

  25. stevezie says:

    RexLibris,

    I think Schultz gets claimed. He is young, had some very flashy career moments which suggested potential waiting to be unlocked and, most importantly, is on an expiring contract. I think because of this last fact at least five teams put a claim in. At an age where teams looking to make the playoffs or acquire young talent could both convince themselves he could help.

    To put it another way, Fayne is a recently unemplyed, plain but nice boy or girl looking to settle down and start a family right away. Serious inquiries only.

    Schultz would be a really cute boy or girl with a chequered past and expensive taste but he or she is only looking for a date on Friday.

    If you’re in a bit of a dryspell, you take that date. Looking at Toronto, Pittsburgh, Philly, Columbus, maybe even Dallas… it’s been awhile for the teams. Someone swipes right.

  26. flyfish1168 says:

    Tire Fire:
    This was mentioned on the other thread, but it should get seen by more people.

    Richard Cloutier of hockey buzz and various other websites just went through a really hard time and is leaving the online world.He’s got a really nice and personal goodbye up on prettyskatemachine,com.

    He wasn’t someone I kept track of, his style didn’t quite match my bland tastes, but what a rough ride for the guy.If anyone knows him, it would be a good time to reach out.Even if you didn’t, his email is up and I’m sure an electronic pat on the back wouldn’t go amiss.

    Thanks for sharing this. I to followed Richards blogs didn’t know this was happening.

  27. Water Fire says:

    stevezie:
    Water Fire,

    prettyskatemachine.com

    Unless you meant on the moralizing front, in which case I’ll leave you both to it.

    You are both very bad people

    What do you mean? How is concern bad?

  28. stevezie says:

    Water Fire,

    I was joking. It was a fake comment on moralizing in which I condemned everyone for everything.

    I stand by it. You know what you did. That one time. Thought I didn’t know, didn’t you?

  29. Lowetide says:

    stevezie:
    Water Fire,

    I was joking. It was a fake comment on moralizing in which I condemned everyone for everything.

    I stand by it. You know what you did. That one time. Thought I didn’t know, didn’t you?

    I know what I think you know I know last summer.

  30. stevezie says:

    Lowetide,

    Damn right you do. And soon so will everyone!

  31. Gerta Rauss says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the last thread, your comments were measured and well spoken as usual.

  32. dustrock says:

    I feel for Cloutier but I believe he’s pulled the “no more Internet evarrrr” before.

  33. fifthcartel says:

    Pastor of Disaster,

    Thanks! It’s definitely one of my favourite albums from last year too.

  34. Water Fire says:

    stevezie:
    Water Fire,

    I was joking. It was a fake comment on moralizing in which I condemned everyone for everything.

    I stand by it. You know what you did. That one time. Thought I didn’t know, didn’t you?

    Thank goodness you think I know you think you know about only one thing. Phew!

  35. Tire Fire says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Tire Fire,

    Am waiting for a little clarification from you when you have time. Thanks.

    Bears are distracted by honey. Cats by mice. Dogs by squirrels. Men by women. Yes, even in the altitudinous—mile-high, even—city of Denver. Referencing this facet of animal behaviour isn’t sexist,and it was silly of you to call someone out for it. I simply pointed this out.

    Clarity achieved.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Okay, I haven’t understood this thread for several hours but it seems to be getting a little personal. If I am wrong, apologies. Either way, back to hockey, thanks.

  37. mujidog says:

    In hindsight (or foresight??):

    Barzal in the system + some buyout caphit from Nikitin + Cody Franson would probably be better than Reinhart in the system + expiring Nikitin contract.

  38. A'bunadh says:

    stevezie:
    RexLibris,

    I think Schultz gets claimed. He is young, had some very flashy career moments which suggested potential waiting to be unlocked and, most importantly, is on an expiring contract. I think because of this last fact at least five teams put a claim in. At an age where teams looking to make the playoffs or acquire young talent could both convince themselves he could help.

    To put it another way, Fayne is a recently unemplyed, plain but nice boy or girl looking to settle down and start a family right away. Serious inquiries only.

    Schultz would be a really cute boy or girl with a chequered past and expensive taste but he or she is only looking for a date on Friday.

    If you’re in a bit of a dryspell, you take that date. Looking at Toronto, Pittsburgh, Philly, Columbus, maybe even Dallas… it’s been awhile for the teams. Someone swipes right.

    Fayne has a fairly decent track record form his days in NJ. Schultz’s track record in his 223 NHL games is one of inconsistent offense, shoddy defence and lack of compete. I don’t see anyone tying up $3.9m in cap space to take on Schultz as a rehabilitation project at 25 years old.

  39. G Money says:

    I ask you guys to take care of the team while I’m away.

    Two losses giving up 4 goals each and now BDav is injured.

    YOU HAD ONE JOB PEOPLE!!!!

  40. Water Fire says:

    G Money:
    I ask you guys to take care of the team while I’m away.

    Two losses giving up 4 goals each and now BDav is injured.

    YOU HAD ONE JOB PEOPLE!!!!

    But they won’t let us on the ice boss! We’d at least have paid back Perry Comeau.

  41. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    I ask you guys to take care of the team while I’m away.

    Two losses giving up 4 goals each and now BDav is injured.

    YOU HAD ONE JOB PEOPLE!!!!

    Yeah, and we made sure your fancy numbers buggered themselves senseless! HAHAHAHAHAHAA

  42. stevezie says:

    A’bunadh,

    I think you dramatically underestimate the value of an expiring contract. There is virtually no such thing as a bad one year deal.

    There are several teams with terrible defence who would be willing to take a flyer on a one year deal. If Fayne was a one year deal he’d be a Penguin right now. Or a Flyer. Or whatever.

    There’s no way to test this, obviously, but if Schutlz ever winds up on waivers I’ll put cash on the line he gets snapped up. Expiring contracts are much loved.

  43. Ryan says:

    Hm, I just noticed that Byfuglien has a no trade clause.

    Houston, we may have a problem.

  44. Ryan says:

    stevezie,

    I think you underestimate the potential stench of not being good enough to keep a roster spot on one of the worst blue lines in the league. That and a 3.9 m cap hit, a wonky back, 20 0 3 3 -9 stat line…

    You also have to keep in mind that other teams have played against him.

    I think he might clear. Toronto would possibly claim him just to flip him for an asset at the deadline though.

  45. A'bunadh says:

    stevezie:
    A’bunadh,

    I think you dramatically underestimate the value of an expiring contract. There is virtually no such thing as a bad one year deal.

    There are several teams with terrible defence who would be willing to take a flyer on a one year deal. If Fayne was a one year deal he’d be a Penguin right now. Or a Flyer. Or whatever.

    There’s no way to test this, obviously, but if Schutlz ever winds up on waivers I’ll put cash on the line he gets snapped up. Expiring contracts are much loved.

    I still disagree. The Pens have $700k in cap space. That couldn’t happen. The Flyers defense sucks but Jultz would eat up most of their cap space and they already have a couple offensive Dmen better than Schultz. Even Luke fucking Schenn is outproducing Jultz. They have Andy MacDonald buried as well so it wouldn’t make any sense for them to add Jultz. I just don’t see any team tying up $3.9m for a weak defensively 25 year old Dman that is 154th in points per game. At $2m/yr (what he should be making) he might get claimed but not at $3.9m.

  46. stevezie says:

    Ryan,

    I’m not sure why Toronto would be able to flip him if they are the only team that would even claim him… Unless you agree with me that teams are willing to believe he would succeed (relatively) with them and away from the Oilers!

    If he hits the waivers after another 20 games in which he scores three points then yeah, maybe he clears. But as of right now there are teams with playoff aspirations and terrible defence. I doubt they’d love to overpay Schultz that much, but before this year he was objectively Edmonton’s number one defenceman for at least two years. If you’re the Penguins and Dupuis has recently given you the cap space and Letang is hurt and your defence is notoriously immobile, don’t you try it for free?

    Agreed his statline is terrible and if it stays that bad people might not pay, but if it’s just till the end of the season and dammit you need somebody? As the season wears on and the price tag lowers there is talk Nitkinin has value! Nitkinin!

    Fayne had term. No doubt that’s why he still wears Oiler silks. Same with Bickel.

  47. Centre of attention says:

    Calgary lost in regulation. Everything is OK in the world.

  48. Ryan says:

    stevezie,

    I chose Toronto because they seem to be a team that would be very willing to risk spending real money for a potential draft pick.

    If Schultz were placed on waivers say on New Year’s Eve… They could claim him, keep on their roster until the trade deadline on Feb 29th and hope to flip him for a pick.

    Dmen always have value at the trade deadline and if they couldn’t flip him, they would only be out cash which they have in abundance.

    Just a thought…

  49. Ice Sage says:

    Centre of attention:
    Calgary lost in regulation. Everything is OK in the world.

    And Vcr and SJS got a pity point.
    I chuckle at the deck-chair shuffling on this blog. There’s no magic formula to solve this D – it’s shite in any configuration.
    If the Oilers forwards are playing D AND converting chances AND the Oilers Goalers can post > .920, there’s a fighting chance they’ll get a point or two* – that’s a lot of variables in any game in this league.

    *unless opposing goalie is in the zone

  50. AsiaOil says:

    Tis true but progress has been made. We started the summer with essentially nothing but have the making of something only a few months later. Klef and Sekera are legit top 4 and could be top pair with a real #1. Nurse and Davidson are fine on the 3rd pair and could be more (much more in Nurse’s case). So the road forward is not as steep as last summer. Fayne is also still an NHLer if he gets his act together. Getting one guy by the trade deadline and another this summer is not mission impossible.

    Ice Sage: And Vcr and SJS got a pity point.
    I chuckle at the deck-chair shuffling on this blog. There’s no magic formula to solve this D – it’s shite in any configuration.

  51. stevezie says:

    Ryan,

    Oh I agree Toronto would probably claim him. I just couldn’t reconcile the idea that he wouldn’t be claimed with the notion that if somehow he was claimed, he could then be flipped.

  52. jp says:

    Ryan:
    stevezie,

    I think you underestimate the potential stench of not being good enough to keep a roster spot on one of the worst blue lines in the league.That and a 3.9 m cap hit, a wonky back, 20 0 3 3 -9 stat line…

    You also have to keep in mind that other teams have played against him.

    I think he might clear.Toronto would possibly claim him just to flip him for an asset at the deadline though.

    Well he’s been given top 4 ice time for 4 years now, and has at no point actually lost his roster spot…

  53. Ryan says:

    jp,

    That’s why I said, “potential.”

    We were discussing a hypothetical scenario in which the Oilers were to place him on waivers hence he would lose a top six roster spot on one of the worst blue lines in the NHL.

  54. jp says:

    Ryan,

    Fair enough.

    I think he’d likely be claimed, but it’s not a given.

  55. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ryan,

    Toronto might claim him under that scenario, but you can’t flip a player if you’ve claimed him off waivers, he has to pass through waivers again if Toronto wants him to play somewhere other than the Toronto roster.

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