By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj
According to 95.8 The Sports Hub writer Ty Anderson on Twitter, the Boston Bruins will sign defenseman Mark Fayne to a professional try-out contract and will play with the Bruins during the preseason.
Last season, Fayne played in 39 American Hockey League games with the Springfield Thunderbirds, producing 2-3-5 totals and a -10 rating. The former 155th overall draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft has played in 389 career NHL regular season games, split between the Devils and the Edmonton Oilers.
In the 389 games, Fayne racked up 17-48-65 totals and a -19 rating, averaging 18:10 of ice time. He played in four seasons for New Jersey before signing a 4year deal worth $3.635 million per season with the Edmonton Oilers. In Edmonton, Fayne would only score 17 points in 147 games.
The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defender has not played an NHL game since Dec. 6, 2016 against the Buffalo Sabres, a game where he only played 4 minutes. He spent time that same season with the Oilers AHL affiliate team, the Bakersfield Condors, but spent little time actually playing, as he was typically a spare defenseman.
Mark Fayne played four seasons with Providence College from 2006-07 to 2009-10, scoring 16 goals and 49 points in 139 games.
Fayne’s only playoff experience came in the 2011-12 season, when the Devils made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Los Angeles Kings. Fayne only scored three points in the 23 postseason games but averaged over 20 minutes of ice time during the entire playoffs.
The Bruins will have Fayne on the training camp and the preseason schedule according to the Tweet by Ty Anderson that was posted above. The expectation is that Fayne will not play on the actual NHL roster come the start of the regular season this October, but will instead be a player just to play during the last of the big offseason events.
With eight defensemen already on the team, Fayne would make it nine and that is most likely too many blueliners for Boston heading into the next season.
The Bruins training camp begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for players that are headed to China for the two preseason games against the Calgary Flames and Thursday, Sept. 13 for the players not attending the China games, such as Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug.