Reasoner sighting

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Marty Reasoner will always have an association with Edmonton.

That is, until he's finally able to sell his house.

The former Oilers forward was back in town for the first time since signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Thrashers this summer.

"Edmonton has always been a great place to play, the fans here are really passionate about the team and they get behind the team and are very involved in the day-to-day process," Reasoner said prior to the game. "It's something that people grow up with here, it's ingrained in them and it makes for a pretty exciting environment.

"It's obviously a little bit different playing against the Oilers, but it's good in a way. It's like that girlfriend that you never got closure with. It's good, it's going to be different playing against a lot of friends that you battled with for a long time and had a lot of good times with."

Reasoner, 32, is having a strong season with the Thrashers. He had 10 goals and 13 assists in 64 games heading into last night's contest against the Oilers, but it's his other intangibles that really stand out.

"He's been great," said Thrashers head coach John Anderson.

"He's been wonderful in the faceoff circle and he's been one of our mainstay penalty killers. He's a real student of the game and is just a pleasure to have around."

Unfairly criticized for being a coach's favourite last season, Reasoner's contribution in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill have been missed by the Oilers this year.

He had 25 points in 82 games with the Oilers last season.

"My role has been a little bit different here, than it was in the past few years in Edmonton where I was more of a utility guy playing in and out in a lot of different spots," Reasoner said.

"Here I've been pretty much on the third line the whole year, I've been playing a consistent amount and things are going pretty well so far."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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