By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 07/01/2014

The Edmonton Oilers signed three players on the first day of the National Hockey League’s free agency period. The Oilers signed forward Benoit Pouliot as well as defensemen Keith Aulie and Mark Fayne.

Pouliot signed a five-year, $20 million contract with the Oilers. A 6-3, 197-pounder from Alfred, Ontario, Pouliot played last season with the New York Rangers, scoring 36 points (15-21-36) in 80 games. Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild, Pouliot has played with five NHL teams including Minnesota, Montreal, Boston, Tampa Bay and New York. A veteran of 371 NHL games, Pouliot has recorded 160 points (76-84-160).

Fayne joins the Oilers after signing a four-year, $14 million contract with the Oilers. Fayne has played every season of his four-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils. The 6-3, 210-pounder from Nashua, New Hampshire has appeared in 242 NHL games and scored 48 points (13-35-48). Prior to turning pro, Fayne played four seasons at Providence University, scoring 49 points (16-33-49) in 139 games.

Another rearguard, Aulie signed a one-year deal after playing last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6-6, 228-pounder from Regina, Sask. has 136 games of NHL experience with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay.

Edmonton also re-signed forward Luke Gazdic. Last season,
Gazdic, 24, recorded four points (2G, 2A) and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games. He scored his first National Hockey League goal on his first shift, in his first NHL game on October 1, 2013 against the Winnipeg Jets. The 6-3, 240-pound forward spent four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, prior to joining the Oilers in 2013. Gazdic posted 55 points (27G, 28A) and 447 penalty minutes in 256 AHL games.

The NHL’s free agency period continues. Stay tuned to the Barons and Oilers social media outlets for more details about Oilers signees.

Season tickets for the Barons 2014-15 season are available now.  With the help of their fans, the Barons altered their seating map and pricing structure.  Every seat in the upper bowl is now $10, while fans in the lower bowl can enjoy the same pricing from the Barons first season.

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