The Boston Bruins have had some luck in the past when it came down to offering from professional tryouts to players who had been forgotten. Remember when they managed to do exactly that when they found backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson via the PTO? Once again, this time for the 2018-19, they hope to strike a great deal by offering a veteran player a PTO on Tuesday.
It has been confirmed that the Bruins have signed veteran defenseman Mark Fayne to a professional tryout.
The New Hampshire native attended Providence College where he played four seasons (2006–10) of Hockey East college hockey, after he was selected in the fifth round, 155th overall, by the New Jersey Devils during the 2005 NHL Entry draft.
On July 1, 2014, Fayne signed a four-year $14 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers after becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Entering the final year of his deal with the Oilers, Fayne failed to play up to expectations and began the season in the American Hockey League, continuing his tenure with affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. He took part in just six games with the Condors in the 2017–18 campaign before he was loaned to fellow AHL club, the Springfield Thunderbirds on December 19, 2017. In order for the Thunderbirds to accept Fayne, their NHL affiliate the Florida Panthers also acquired Greg Chase from the Oilers.
The 31-year-old blue liner is not known to bring the needed offensive boost, however, he is a reliable depth defender that shoots right and who rarely makes many mistakes on the ice.
"Good that Mark Fayne gets a PTO from Bruins. Nice guy who can be depth NHL D. His career went off the rails shortly after signing the free-agent deal with Oilers," writes Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal about Fayne's signing with the Bruins.
Fayne has been out of the NHL picture for about three years now because the Oilers didn’t value him. He could really surprise the Bruins with this second chance and show that he can once again have success. He could prove to be a great addition, especially if Boston use him loads during the preseason action and Fayne could manage to earn himself a spot on the full-time roster.