The Edmonton Oilers have placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL, the team announced on Wednesday.
If he clears waivers, Fayne will be the third highly paid player the team has sent to the AHL this season, joining Nikita Nikitin and Ben Scrivens in Bakersfield. Fayne has three years remaining on a contract that pays him an AAV of $3.625. That’s just south of Nikitin’s $4.5 million AAV and just north of Scrivens’s $2.3 million AAV.
Fayne is the only one of the three who is on contract next season.
Add in Andrew Ference’s $3.25 million AAV and the Oilers are sinking a lot of money into guys who aren’t playing.
The 28-year-old Fayne has played 24 games this season scoring zero goals and one assist, though he’s never been a big producer of points.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 9, 2015
Oddly, Fayne’s 2.28% score-adjusted CF%Rel is the second best mark among team defenseman. Five of the team’s nine defensemen have a score-adjusted CF%Rel of -1.19% or worse. Fayne has posted that while taking -2.87% ZSO%Rel, the fourth most defensive zone starts among team defensemen. That all adds up to give Fayne a dCorsiImpact of 18.86.
Oscar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson are the only other Edmonton defenseman with a positive dCorsi.
Advanced stats from War on Ice.
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