Oft-injured Pisani a tough sell for GM Tambellini

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

If Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is trying to trade Fernando Pisani, the NHL scouting reports will be on how the Edmonton Oilers forward looks going up and down the pressbox rather than the wing.

Pisani, who has missed 107 of the Oilers’ last 218 games over three seasons, has had his work ethic sapped by ulcerative colitis, a broken leg and a bad back.

He is healthy now, but being scratched. Pisani sat out his second straight game on Wednesday when the Philadelphia Flyers came to town.

The 33-year-old might be the easiest Oiler to move because he has no time left on his $2.5-million contract after this season and there is a market for guys who scored 14 goals in the playoffs in 2006 — the last time Edmonton was in the post-season.

But this is coach Pat Quinn’s team, and he says there’s “a lack of energy” from Pisani, in part because of all the time he’s missed. Plus, the Oilers have two extra forwards right now, and sat Robert Nilsson, too.

“I’m not going to lie and say I’m enjoying myself here,” said Pisani, who did sit out one game in 2003, his first NHL season, but none as a healthy scratch since then.

“All I can do is keep my head down, work hard in practice, and wait for my opportunity. What else can you do?”


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