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Posts Tagged Mark Fraser
- Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel will have a $5.4 million salary and cap hit. He can’t sign an extension until after July 5th, and Koshan thinks the Leafs would foolish to not extend him. Kessel’s agent indicated that he wants to remain with the Leafs.
- Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Leafs GM Dave Nonis will have some offseason questions to consider. Do the Leafs look to extend Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer. Kessel could look for upwards of $7 million a season. Can the Leafs even ask their captain to take a pay cut from his $6.4 million salary? Reimer would be due for a big raise from his $1.8 million salary if he’s a No. 1 goalie.
The Leafs UFA list includes: Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Ryan O’Byrne and Mike Kostka. Bozak could be looking for Mikhail Grabovski-type money. MacArthur didn’t have good regular season and the Leafs are deep on the wings. Orr will likely be back. O’Bryne will likely be gone. Kostka’s play declined as the season went on, but could be brought back for depth.
The Leafs RFA list includes: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Leo Komarov, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, Carl Gunnarsson and Mark Fraser. The Leafs could play hardball with Kadri in attempt to keep his salary low. Franson led the Leafs defenseman in scoring. The others are likely to be back. Frattin could be MacArthur’s replacement on the third line. Colborne appears to be ready for the next step.
Compliance Buyout Possibilities: Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles. Komisarek may be no-brainer, freeing up his $4.5 million cap hit. Liles has 3 years at $3.875 million a season. Grabovski has 4 years left at $5.5 million a season. Nonis may look to trade both Liles and Grabovski.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: Berger thinks the Leafs should save the money on Tyler Bozak, give Joe Colborne Bozak’s spot, and sign David Clarkson or make a trade.
“Colborne has enviable skill,” an Eastern Conference scout told me this week. “If he can bring his emotional game to a similar level – even half the time – Leafs won’t have to worry about a No. 1 center. From what I hear, they like the kid, and I think he’s worthy of a long look in the NHL. There aren’t going to be a lot of centers with decent price-points on the market in July.”
UFA center options are not that young: Patrick Elias (37), Andy MacDonald (35), Nik Antropov (35) and Mike Ribeiro (33). Stephen Weiss and Derek Roy are 30, and will want more money.
The Leafs and Devils could talk about Clarkson before July 5th about obtaining his rights to discuss a long-term deal before he hit the open market.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals Alex Ovechkin played the final two games of the first round with a hairline fracture in his left foot. He was able to continue playing, as skating would not make the injury worse.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Eric Staal suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s World Championship game between Canada and Sweden after taking a knee-on-knee hit by Alex Edler. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Staal will return to Raleigh today and will have an MRI on Saturday. It’s believed that he may have only suffered a sprain and not a ligament tear.
“It’s unfortunate and hopefully it’s not too serious,” Rutherford said. “If it is serious, hopefully there will be enough recovery time for him to be ready for next season. We’ll just hope for the best.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser did not suffer a concussion when he was hit by the puck on the forehead. Dion Phaneuf wasn’t injured during the playoffs, “I was fine.”
- Tony Ambrogio: Leafs Tyler Bozak suffered an oblique injury at the end of the regular season and a tricep injury at the end of Game 5. James Mirtle: Bozak will be out for four weeks. Darren Dreger: Tear was 70% to his right tricep. He admitted that him taking the warmup for Game 6 was a pure Randy Carlyle mind game.
- Michael Russo: Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had surgery to repair a sports hernia yesterday. He is expected to be fully recovered for next season.
Morning Hits: Vokoun, Fraser, Gionta, Canadiens injuries, Canucks offseason questions and Blue Jackets free agents
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma on starting Tomas Vokoun: “We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us…He’s done that for us & he’s been very good vs. the #Isles.”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser was taken to the hospital to check for any broken bones after taking a shot off his face.
- Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Brian Gionta will have surgery on Friday for a torn left bicep. He hopes to be ready for training camp.
- Renaud Lavoie: Brandon Prust and Ryan White are out tonight. Carey Price is day-to-day.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Jason Spezza is on to the next phase of his rehab, past the “public skate” phase. He won’t be able to get into the lineup until he’s fully skating with the team.
- Ottawa Senators: Senators Mike Hoffman should be available soon.
- Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Ziemer’s thoughts on the Canucks coaching staff.
The jobs of head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff are most certainly on the line and general manager Mike Gillis is going to face some uncomfortable questions from ownership over the team’s second straight playoff collapse.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Canucks have the highest payroll going into next season, but trading Roberto Luongo or an amnesty buyout of Keith Ballard($4.2 million for two years) will help them get down below the new cap of $64.3 million. Five questions for the Canucks this offseason are:
• Do the Canucks have a bona fide No. 1 goalie in Schneider moving forward?
• Should this team still be built around the Sedins?
• Will Ryan Kesler ever be injury-free?
• Does this team have the right supporting cast to still contend?
• Is it time to retool, rebuild or be patient for one more run with this core?
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on contract talks with their free agents, including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
“We’re working on them. It’s a work in progress on all fronts. Everything has been started, everything is in progress. We’re waiting to hear back from a few agents. Obviously, Bobrovsky is a high priority for us. I told him in the (exit) meetings that everybody talks about his great play, and sure it was remarkable. But I’m even more impressed with his work ethic, how he prepares for the game and every practice, how he takes care of recovery after every game, the routine he goes through every day. That’s what I’m most impressed about Bobrovsky. He sets the bar high for the rest of the guys. I don’t think anybody’s going to argue with me if we says he’s the MVP of our team this year. If he sets the bar that high with the way he works everyday, it’s going to be hard for anybody else in that room to say, well, I’m not going to do this or that today. That’s what I think it’s all about, your best players being your hardest working players. And that’s what we have in Bob.”
On Bobrovsky’s contract talks …
“It’s going to take its course, and it’s going to take its time. Some (deals) are quicker than others. We’ll have to stay more patient with some than others. I don’t anticipate any problems. It’s going to be a negotiation. His agent, his representatives are professionals. They have their thought process and we have ours. I’m sure we’re going to reach a result here in the near future.”
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Michalek-Spezza-Silfverberg, Latendresse-Turris-Alfredsson, Greening-Smith-Neil, Regin-O’Brien-Condra. Defensive pairings: Karlsson-Methot, Gonchar-Phillips, Wiercioch-Benoit. Scratches: Daugavins and Borowiecki.
- George Richards via twitter: Panthers lines: Flash-Weiss-Upshall; Hubs-Mueller-Kovalev; Kopecky-Matthias-Santo; Skille-Smithson-Parros. Versteeg not on trip.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils lines: Darche-Zubrus-Kovalchuk; Tedenby-Elias-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau-Barch-Janssen.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues lines: Oshie, Backes, Perron…Schwartz berglund Stewart….McDonald Steen Tarasenko….Sobotka Nichol Reaves. Defensive pairings and goalie: Pietrangelo Cole….Jackman Shattenkirk….Polak Russell…Goaltender Jaro Halak
- Roger Millions via twitter: Ducks lines: Perry-Getzlaf-Palmeri; Ryan-Bonino-Selanne; Winnik-Koivu-Cogliano; Beleskey-Rakell-Smith-Pelley Holland(?)
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Mark Fraser and Korbinian Kolzer could be in the Leafs lineup tonight. Cody Franson and Mike Komisarek did some extra work after their morning skate.
- Mark Masters via twitter: Ben Scrivens is in home net for the Maple Leafs during their pre-game skate, likely starter tonight against the Sabres.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Cam Ward will start the Hurricanes home opener.
I’ll leave this chart near the top of the page, and will continue to add some pieces below.
F Andrew Gordon
D Sebastien Erixon
F Zach Kassian
F Cody Hodgson
|Scott Cullen of TSN: Numbers Game: Hodgson for Kassian the Big Deal at Deadline|
D Mark Fraser
F Dale Mitchell
D John Scott
2012 5th round pick
D Greg Zanon
F Paul Gaustad
2012 1st round pick
F Brian Rolston
D Johnny Oduya
2013 2nd round pick
D Matt Gilroy
D Brian Lee
|Jesse Spector of Sporting News: Senators add puck-moving Gilroy, send Lee to Lightning|
F Sammy Pahlsson
2012 4th round pick
F Daniel Winnik
F Jamie McGinn
|Adrian Dater of Denver Post: His thoughts on the deal.|
F Carter Ashton
D Keith Aulie
D Tom Gilbert
D Nick Schultz
D Mike Commodore
Cond. 7th round pick
F Andre Kostitsyn
2013 2nd round pick
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Coyotes have claimed Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Clearing waivers today: Tim Sestito (NJ), Brodie Dupont (NASH) and Mark Fraser (ANA).
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a knee injury.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: James Neal is skating in his usual spot with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz at the Penguins practice this morning. Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins Craig Adams says he plans on playing tonight.
- Detroit Red Wings via twitter: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Ansar Khan via twitter: Jimmy Howard will start on Thursday, Ty Conklin starts tonight.
- Scott MacArthur via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Connolly-Kessel, Crabb-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Lombardi-Kadri, Boyce-Steckel-Brown. James Mirtle via twitter: Looking like Jake Gardiner is the odd man out on the Leafs blueline tonight. Sabres lines: Vanek-Hecht-Pominville, Boyes-Leino-Stafford, Ellis-Adam-McCormick, Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta. Sabres defensive pairings and starting goalie: McNabb-Myers, Leopold-Regehr, Gragnani-Weber. G: Miller (Enroth backs up.) Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Derek Roy will be a game-time decision.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers lines: Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, Smyth-Horcoff-Jones, Paajarvi-Belanger-Lander, Hordichuk-O’Marra-Eager.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will play tonight, center Travis Zajac is out.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks called up Jeff Deslauriers. Jonas Hiller is not on the ice, lower body injury.
- Minnesota Wild via twitter: The Wild have put Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the IR with concussion like symptoms.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Curtis Sanford will start for the Blue Jackets against Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks.
- Tim Panaccio via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Cory Schneider will start for the Canucks against Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Brent Johnson is expected to start for the Penguins.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders against the Red Wings.
Afternoon notes on Sharp, Beauchemin, Jacques, Fraser, Brule, Eberle, Bozak, Souray, Riberio, Roy, Skinner, Letang and Markstrom
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp will be out 3 to 4 weeks with a upper-body injury. Tim Sassone via twitter: Though not confirmed, it is believed that Sharp has a broken bone in his left hand/wrist.
- Nick Kypreos via twitter: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forward JF Jacques will have hearings at 4 and 5 pm today.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks have put defenseman Mark Fraser on waivers.
- Edmonton Oilers via twitter: The Oilers have put forward Gilbert Brule on re-entry waivers. Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan O’Marra have been recalled.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein thinks the Kings could use Jack Johnson as trade bait for an impact forward.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Lightning have signed Tom Pyatt to a 2 year extension, 1-way at $600,000 per season.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues have signed Ryan Reaves to a 2 year extension at $600,000 per season.
- Joanne Ireland via twitter: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will have an MRI today, no update until results are in.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is at least a week away.
- Shelly Anderson via twitter: The Penguins have recalled Eric Tangradi.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: There is about a 60% chance that Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray plays tomorrow. Center Mike Riberio will be out tomorrow. He’s having an MRI on his knee today to make sure everything is OK.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres center Derek Roy is wearing a no-contact jersey today at practice.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is wearing a no-contact jersey at practice today.
- Dave Moninari via twitter: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang skated hard today. It doesn’t mean he’ll be in the lineup soon, but it’s a positive sign.
- Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom joins Jose Theodore on the sideline with a knee injury.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start for the Leafs tomorrow.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Kari Lehtonen is expected to start for the Stars tomorrow.
Anaheim Ducks rumors involving Getzlaf, Ryan and others … Leafs would have to be interested in Getzlaf
- Damien Cox via twitter: “Problem with ANA rumblings is GM Murray seems to say one thing publicly, but something very different to other teams.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Staples thinks the Oilers should look at Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, more Getzlaf than Perry. He doesn’t think the Ducks would take Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and a few prospects. Would the Oilers throw in “Linus Omark or a Magnus Paajarvi or a Jeff Petry or a Teemu Hartikainen or a few of them?” Staples thinks a Cam Fowler for Sam Gagner deal might make sense for either team, but they should look for “a finished product, not a work in progress.” The Oilers could look to pick up a Matt Smaby or Mark Fraser as a stopgap defenseman from the Ducks.
- Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont figured it would be Bobby Ryan out of Anaheim before Ryan Getzlaf. Idea of moving Getzlaf and leaving Perry kind of feels like the Canucks trading one of the Sedins.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: DeCock doesn’t see a fit as the Hurricanes ‘core players’ include Staal, Ward, Skinner, maybe Sutter/Faulk. See what DeCock was referring to below.
- BD Gallof via twitter: For Islanders fans thinking Perry or Getzlaf, think Moulson or Okposo, Niederreiter or Strome, plus a prospect and draft pick. The price for established players is costly. Whatever players are on the block, Islanders fans should realize they are not in that market.
- Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has to be the biggest loser in the Ducks trade talk as he now has to motivate 21 of 23 players who are now traded bait.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray isn’t ready to give up on this season just yet.
“At this point, no,” Murray said Wednesday before the Ducks’ home game against San Jose. “I’m not ready to. First of all, we do have a lot of really good core players. Everybody in hockey knows we have good core players.”
Teams are calling Murray, and he is listening. Both Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu have no-trade clauses, and Murray doesn’t want to trade them. Corey Perry and Cam Fowler are likely untouchable. Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller could be up for discussion if the team doesn’t improve. Murray said he isn’t just looking for draft picks if he were to deal someone.
“I still believe we have some core players. Now whether we have to change a few core players, so be it. They’re deciding who’s staying and who’s not staying at this point. They’re the ones deciding.”
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: You have to believe that the Maple Leafs would be interested in Ryan Getzlaf. He’s the type of player Burke has been after since he got to Toronto. Rumblings suggest that GM Murray would rather move Ryan over Getzlaf. According to Cox, “the Leafs don’t see a fit with Ryan.” Burke may be setting up for a deal as he sent Phillipe Dupuis to the minors and put Colton Orr on waivers yesterday, though they have injured players who may be close in Tyler Bozak, Mike Komisarek, Colby Armstrong, Mike Brown and John-Michael Liles. When the Leafs were inquiring about Mike Richards in the summer, they were believed to be asked for a package involving Luke Schenn and Nazem Kadri. The Leafs don’t have a #1 center to send the Ducks, but could offer Bozak or possibly Joe Colborne. Giving up both Kadri and Colborne seems unlikely. Defenseman Carl Gunnarson could also come into play. Getzlaf will be UFA after next season.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: On the possible availability of Ryan and others …. DeCock desn’t know if there is a fit with Hurricanes in what they have to offer as GM Murray may be wanting a core player back.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: One of the Ducks issues this season is the lack of depth. They are thin outside their top 6, and their blue line is a mish-mash of young and old. Trading Getzlaf could definitely improve their depth with players who are ready for the NHL. Trading a player with a ton a talent may not be a thing that Murray wants to do.
The New Jersey Devils have traded defenseman Mark Fraser, forward Rod Pelley and a 2012 7th round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Kurtis Foster and goalie Timo Pielmeier.
Foster has a cap hit of $1.8 million and will be a UFA at the end of the season. Pielmeier has a entry level cap hit of $766,677 and will be a RFA at seasons end.
Pelley carries a $550,000 cap hit and will be a UFA. Fraser has a $550,000 cap hit as well and will be a RFA.
- Mark Spector via twitter: Ales Hemsky will be in the lineup on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth. Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch. Cam Barker is in on the blueline.
- Adam Jahns via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will be in the lineup tonight. John Scott and Steve Montador are the 3rd defensive pairing. Sean O’Donnell and Sami Lepisto will be scratches.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning put Mattias Ritola on $125 waivers which will make him eligible to have his contract terminated.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils Rod Pelley and Mark Fraser have cleared waivers.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines at practice: Parise-Henrique-Clarkson/Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Carter-Palmieri; Pelley-Mills-Janssen. Martin Brodeur to start in net.
- Biran McNally via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green will miss his 6th game in the row. Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Caps against the Stars.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for Maple Leafs. Jose Theodore will start in net for the Panthers.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Dwayne Roloson will start in net for the Lightning tonight against the Flyers.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Ryan Miller likely to start tonight for the Sabres.
Afternoon notes involving Crosby, Connolly, Markstrom, Alfredsson, Keith, Hemsky, Hurricanes, Blues and Devils
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Sidney Crosby didn’t rule a Friday return date, but he didn’t suggest it’s any more likely that any other upcoming games.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Gm Jim Rutherford said they won’t be shaking up their coaching staff but changes need to done to “strengthen our team.” The Canes are off to a 5-6-3 start. Eric Staal has just 6 points in 14 games, and is not injured according to Rutherford.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly will be out up to 2 weeks with an upper-body injury. Terry Koshan via twitter: James Reimer is not practicing.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: The Panthers send goalie Jacob Markstrom to the AHL and recall Scott Clemmensen. This move gives GM Dale Tallon time to find a trade partner for Clemmensen.
- Craig Custance via twitter: If the Blues continue their struggling ways under new coach Ken Hitchcock, trades could be coming.
“You’re going to see guys moved out of there,” the source said. “Those are the guys that you’re going to find out that they weren’t ready to buy into his program. He’s going to move them. Doug Armstrong is going to move them out and bring in people.”
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Ken Hitchcock said he was offer the Blues head coaching position at 3 pm, and was heading to St. Louis in his car by 6:30 pm.
- Ian Mendes via twitter: Daniel Alfredsson is making progress. He’s able to skate but still no timetable.
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is back practicing today.
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Oilers coach Tom Renney said that there is a “reasonable chance” that Ales Hemsky will get back in the lineup later this week.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Devils have placed Mark Fraser and Rod Pelley on waivers.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines at practice: Parise-Henrique-Clarkson; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Tedenby-Carter-Palmieri; Pelley-Mills-Janssen. Rich Chere via twitter: Kovalchuk isn’t practicing today. Defenseman Andy Greene is practicing. Devils coach Peter Deboer said that Kovalchuk won’t play tomorrow unless there is a dramatic recovery overnight.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Tuuka Rask will start in net for the Bruins. Rich Peverley is out. Joe Haggerty via twitter: Peverley has a minor undisclosed injury according to Claude Julien.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Looking like Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Islanders tonight in Boston.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils tomorrow.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start tomorrow against the Panthers. Luke Schenn will return to the lineup.