The Edmonton Oilers had been rumored to be looking for a defenseman, and this afternoon, they were able to acquire one.
The Dallas Stars traded Mark Fistric to the Oilers for a 2013 3rd round pick.
Fistric was drafted in the 1st round in 2004, 28th overall. Fistric will earn a pro-rated $1.475 million salary this year. His salary cap hit is also $1.475 million.
Mike Heika noted during an August roster review, that Fistric could be dropping in the Stars depth chart this season.
He has seen it all, and that should mean he’s ready for an increased role this season. But just as it would appear the minutes might open up, the Stars signed Aaron Rome, have moved Philip Larsen ahead of Fistric on the depth chart and are champing at the bit to get a look at youngsters Brenden Dillon, Jamie Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth.
And the wheel goes ‘round for Fistric.
Heika also predicted then that he would probably traded by the end of the season.
The Oilers knew they’d be without the size of stay-at-home defenseman Andy Sutton, who will miss this season with a knee injury. The 6′ 3″, 234 lbs defenseman will make make up for some of that.
Mark Fistric is a great addition by #Oilers Big, strong, territorial and hard to play against. Fits in nicely with their group. Playoffs?
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) January 14, 2013
On the depth chart I think you’ve gotta project Fistric ahead of Potter and Peckham and into the 6th spot…
— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) January 14, 2013
Fistric averaged over 16 minutes of ice time last season in 60 games. He only recorded two assists and was a -3. The physical, stay-at-home defenseman recorded 41 penalty minutes, blocked 105 shots and was fifth in the NHL in hits with 235.
Over his career, Fistric has recorded 220 penalty minutes in 257 games. He’s only scored three goals, while adding 20 assists. He has a plus/minus rating of -16.