EDMONTON - Going from Anaheim to Edmonton represents a startling drop in the standings, not to mention temperature, but Viktor Fasth seems rather excited to be taking the plunge.
The newly-acquired Oilers netminder knows that in Edmonton, unlike Anaheim, there is no chance for a Stanley Cup this year and walks on the beach are entirely out of the question.
But as far as playing net goes, it might be the best place for him.
ďIím really excited to be playing hockey again,Ē said the 31-year-old Swede, acquired for a fifth round pick in 2014 and third rounder in 2015.
ďI had some injuries this year that kept me off the ice. Now Iím back. I played four games last week and Iím really excited to play again and looking forward to joining the Oilers.
ďItís always kind of a shock when things like this happen, but when youíre a hockey player and a goalie you just want to play. Iím really looking forward to the opportunity.Ē
Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish made a pair of early splashes in advance of the trade deadline, also sending goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild for a fourth-round pick.