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.
“I haven’t heard anything from the Oilers at all,” said Pisani. “So I’m just kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen here.”
Much like the Oilers themselves, things have been rough for Pisani these last few years.
A playoff hero during the team’s 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.
“It’s not the most ideal situation to go into free agency,” Pisani said. “But it is what it is, and I’m just kind of waiting to hear what’s going to happen in the next little bit.
“Finishing in last place doesn’t help and being injured doesn’t help the situation either. At the same time, you can’t change it. You just have to be patient and see what happens in the next little bit.”
If he doesn’t re-sign with the Oilers, it’ll bring Pisani’s decade-long tenure with the team to an end.
“I guess that’s the situation I’m in right now, I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not,” Pisani said. “I’m going to wait and see what happens in the next little bit. If it’s moving on, great. Then if it’s staying here, then it’s great as well.”
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 team’s 2006 Cup run.