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We have small trades to announce: Ducks, Canucks, Leafs make tweaks


Not every trade will light up Vancouver like moving much-hyped center Cody Hodgson.

The Anaheim Ducks made two trades of a small magnitude this afternoon, with one involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and another swap with those aforementioned Canucks. Let’s look at them in helpful list form:

Anaheim receives:

Sebastian Erixon (trade report) and Dale Mitchell (trade report)

Toronto receives:

Mark Fraser (trade report) via the Ducks for Mitchell.

Vancouver receives:

Andrew Gordon (trade report) via the Ducks for Erixon.

Essentially, the Maple Leafs and Canucks get two tweeners for their contending runs. (By “tweeners” I mean semi-adequate players who might bounce between the NHL and the minors.) Those two might be described as “players you’re glad you have but hope not to see” by pessimists.

Erixon is a 22-year-old Swedish defenseman who didn’t go drafted. The Maple Leafs drafted Mitchell in the third round in 2007 but he hasn’t cracked the team’s pro-level lineup. In other words, if the Ducks see much from them, it probably won’t be any time soon.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.