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Oilers D Fayne injured in season debut

09 Apr 2016; Edmonton Oilers defenceman Mark Fayne (5) against the Vancouver Canucks   during a game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC. Vancouver won 4-3 in a shootout. (Photograph by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)

Mark Fayne’s season debut with the Edmonton Oilers did not last long as the defenseman left Tuesday’s contest against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes in the first period with an undisclosed injury.

Fayne registered 2 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time on seven shifts before exiting. He did manage to record a shot and notch an assist on Jordan Eberle’s goal midway through the opening session in his brief stint.

The 29-year-old Fayne was a healthy scratch for each of Edmonton’s first three games. He suited up for the first time on Tuesday in place of Eric Gryba.

Fayne is in the third year of the four-year, $14 million contract he signed as a free agent on July 1, 2014. He appeared in 74 games in his first season with the Oilers and dressed for 69 contests last campaign.

Selected by New Jersey in the fifth round of the 2005 draft, Fayne made his debut with the Devils in 2010-11, recording four goals – a personal best he has produced in two other campaigns – and 10 assists in 57 games. He set career highs with 13 assists and 17 points the following season while skating in all 82 of New Jersey’s contests.

A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Fayne has registered 17 goals and 47 assists in 386 regular-season games with the Devils and Oilers. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder also collected three assists in 24 playoff contests with New Jersey in 2012.

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