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Pisani waits for a call

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

EDMONTON - Fernando Pisani finds himself in an unfamiliar position.

The local product is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and is sitting and waiting for his phone to ring.

ďI havenít heard anything from the Oilers at all,Ē said Pisani. ďSo Iím just kind of waiting to see whatís going to happen here.Ē

Much like the Oilers themselves, things have been rough for Pisani these last few years.

A playoff hero during the teamís run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006, Pisani has struggled with injury and illness since then. He was limited to 40 games last season due to a back injury and his recurring battle with ulcerative colitis, scoring four goals and adding four assists.

ďItís not the most ideal situation to go into free agency,Ē Pisani said. ďBut it is what it is, and Iím just kind of waiting to hear whatís going to happen in the next little bit.

ďFinishing in last place doesnít help and being injured doesnít help the situation either. At the same time, you canít change it. You just have to be patient and see what happens in the next little bit.Ē

If he doesnít re-sign with the Oilers, itíll bring Pisaniís decade-long tenure with the team to an end.

ďI guess thatís the situation Iím in right now, I donít know if thatís going to happen or not,Ē Pisani said. ďIím going to wait and see what happens in the next little bit. If itís moving on, great. Then if itís staying here, then itís great as well.Ē

Pisani is healthy and is looking forward to playing next season, wherever that may be. If he departs, it would leave just Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff from the teamís 2006 Cup run.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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