07/01/2014 12:50 EDT | Updated 08/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Benoit Pouliot signs 5-year deal with Oilers

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was active early on Day 1 of the free-agent season Tuesday, signing left-winger BenoitPouliot and defenceman Mark Fayne.

Pouliot, who signed off on a five-year contract worth $20 million US, is fresh off a career-high 36-point season with the New York Rangers. He added five goals and 10 points in 25 playoff games.

The 27-year-old joins his sixth team in as many seasons. The forward showed a 16-point improvement from the 20 points he collected in the 2012-2013 campaign with Tampa Bay.

Pouliot has also played for Minnesota, Montreal and Boston.

Payne, also 27, is coming off his fourth season with New Jersey during which he scored four goals and 11 points in 72 games.

The six-foot-three, 215-pound rearguard gives the Oilers a right-handed shot from the blue-line.