Fistric’s time in Edmonton was brief after being acquired from the Dallas Stars prior to the start of the abbreviated NHL season last year. He earned $1.475 million last year and played in 25 of the 48 regular season games for the Oilers. Fistric registered 6 assists while failing to score a goal for the second straight season. He tallied 32 penalty minutes and was a plus-6.
But Fistric isn’t known for his offensive prowess. Instead, he can be relied upon for his thunderous hits on opposing players when they try and sneak down the wing into the Oilers zone, changing the tempo of a game almost instantly.
With a crowded blue line in Edmonton thanks to off season moves that saw Denis Grebeshkov brought back, Andrew Ference signed as a free-agent, Anton Belov brought in, it’s difficult to pencil in where Fistric would have fit. As it stands now the Oilers have too many blue liners that will likely lead to some difficult decisions that will see a defenseman or two start the year in the minors.
Fistric’s gritty play was ultimately replaced when Craig MacTavish signed Ference to a three-year deal when free-agency opened up in early July.