NHL Trade: Maple Leafs Trade Fraser to Oilers For Abney and Hartikainen

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for right winger Cameron Abney and left winger Teemu Hartikainen.

The 27-year old Fraser was drafted 84th overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft by the Devils. He carries a $1.275 million salary cap hit.

The 22-year old Abney was drafted 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the Oilers.

The 23-year old Hartikainen was drafted 163rd overall in the 6th round of the 2008 draft by the Oilers.

Thoughts from twitter:

  • Terry Jones: “Don’t know what the Oilers need with another No. 6-7 calibre low minutes defenceman. Got six or seven of them already. Short term toughness.”
  • Mark Masters: “Mark Fraser had been a healthy scratch in 20 of Leafs last 22 games; last played Jan. 9 in Carolina”
  • Chris Nichols: “Mark Fraser certainly has his shortcomings as a defenceman, but loves to hit and he’s not afraid to block shots. Third pairing guy.”
  • 67 Sound: “Fraser was the 8th best D on one of the worst D corps in the league, made over twice league minimum ($350K over amount you can bury).”
  • James Mirtle: “Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.”
  • David Staples: “Good deal for #Oilers, though based on his AHL playoffs play last spring, Hartikainen ready to play in NHL as bottom line grinder.”
  • Dan Tencer: “Fraser a good depth add…character, hard to play against. Fringe NHL d-man. Abney never going to play. Hartikainen a wise gamble for TML.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Abney needed to be included in the deal so the Oilers could stay at 48 contracts.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Fraser is a tough left shot D. Had off the charts luck to go +18 last season. Playing under 10 mins per game and -8 this season.”
  • Gus Katsaros: “always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.”
  • Damien Cox: “If Fraser can find his game, he’ll give EDM some size and toughness, elements that team needs. Rejoins ex-Marlie teammate Scrivens, as well.”
  • James Mirtle: “He would have likely been waived when Bolland returned. RT @DarrenDreger: Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Abner and Hartikainen.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “As for Cameron Abney, that’s Toronto freeing a 50-man spot for Edmonton. Can’t imagine even the #Leafs would use him.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “Interesting that the #Leafs have some time for Hartikainen – he’s been good in the KHL and I’ve wanted to see him get another NHL shot.”

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Mark Fraser

Cam Abney

Teemu Hartikainen

8 Comments

  1. Shane

    January 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

    It’s about time the Oilers added a black player again. That’s what’s been missing.

  2. jeff

    January 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Whah?

  3. Dave

    January 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Meh, a kinda crummy D man for a pair of prospects. I guess it makes a little sense for the Leafs. If either(or both) of them pan out great, if not they don’t lose anything D-wise that isn’t easily replaceable and they clear a little extra cap space which will be needed to re-sign Gardiner and others.

  4. Dave

    January 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Not entirely sure what the value is for Edmonton personally. They need some good D, not a 6-7 D man imo.

  5. *

    January 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Leafs free up over $1M in cap space and a seat in the press box, and Edmonton gets a warm body.

    Thanks Edmonton!

  6. Chris F

    January 31, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Awesome move by the Leafs. They save 1.25 mil, have a roster spot for Bolland now, get 2 C- prospects for a pending UFA and secures a roster spot for Gardiner and Reilly.

  7. RICK AKIN

    January 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Aside from who got the better of the trade, I look at Mark Fraser as a guy who wants to play like a warrior , but due to knee problems, and that awful puck to the head that he took in last years series vs the Bruins , that ship has sailed . That puck injury was serious and I would be ultra concerned about the long term effects . I wish him well as his career goes forward . When Tim Gleason arrived, the writing was on the wall for Fraser, and maybe Ranger, too.

  8. bri

    January 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Awesome move for the Oilers. Fraser instantly becomes their number 3-4 d-man. And they gave up nothing and cleared out contract space.