Mark Fistric (Wikimedia Commons)
With only six days left before the Edmonton Oilers begin the 2013 National Hockey League season in Vancouver, the Oilers have acquired Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars for a third round draft pick.
Fistric had two assists for the Stars in 60 games played last season, and has three goals and 20 assists in 257 career games with the Stars from 2007-2012. An Edmonton native, Fistric is the stay-at-home defenceman General Manager Steve Tambellini was looking for.
Dallas’s first overall pick in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Oilers are hoping that Fistric will return to his 2010 form when he was a +27 on the Stars blueline. Fistric was also a +30 in his final year with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2006.
In another NHL transaction, the Canucks have signed defenceman Jim Vandermeer from the San Jose Sharks. The former Oiler and Flame had one goal and three assists last season.