The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers Wednesday for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League, the Oilers announced.
Fayne has two years left on a four-year, $14 million contract he signed July 1, 2014. He has one assist in 24 games this season.
"If he [clears waivers], we're sending him down there to get a lot of minutes, get his game back, pace, execution, confidence and find his way back here," coach Todd McLellan told the Oilers website. "It's not an easy thing for anybody in the organization, from ownership all the way down, but it's something that we believed needed to be done. We think that he's a great asset and will be a very good asset; works on his game a little bit, get some confidence and be ready to go."
Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (No. 155) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Fayne has 15 goals and 57 points in 340 NHL games with the Devils and Oilers. He appeared in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2012, helping the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final.