Fraser, 26, broke in with Dallas in 2011-12 before getting shipped to Boston, where he scored five goals in 38 games over a two-year stretch.
That stint also included the biggest highlight of his NHL career, scoring a playoff OT winner against Montreal:
The B’s waived Fraser during the ’14-15 campaign, and he was claimed by Edmonton. He then proceeded to score five goals and nine points in 36 games for the Oilers, but wasn’t given a qualifying offer and later signed with the Jets in free agency.
Fraser never played for Winnipeg, though. He spent all of his time with AHL Manitoba before getting flipped to Chicago in the Andrew Ladd deadline blockbuster.
Fraser then closed out last year with AHL Rockford.
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“It is the right time for Mike to be the captain in our history,” GM David Poile said, per the Preds website. “In my mind, he could’ve easily been the captain many times in his career, but this is his time; it’s the perfect fit.”
Fisher, 36, certainly seems like the ideal pick. He’s one of Nashville’s longest tenured players, having been with the club for the last six seasons, and served as an alternate with both the Preds and Senators.
He’s well-established in the community, married to country music star Carrie Underwood, and has earned the respect of both his peers and his head coach, Peter Laviolette, who called Fisher “probably one of the best pros I’ve ever seen.”
Fisher takes over the captaincy from Shea Weber, who was shipped to Montreal in this summer’s blockbuster trade that saw P.K. Subban join the Preds.
Roman Josi and James Neal — who, along with Fisher, all served as alternates last season — are expected to retain their A’s, though the Preds didn’t confirm that in today’s release.
Updated: Worth noting that, per the Tennessean, Poile said he doesn’t view Fisher’s anointment as a “one-year captaincy.” That declaration is key with regards to the Subban acquisition. Destined to be a star in Nashville and a potential face of the franchise — for a long time, too, armed with a contract through 2022 — Subban was thought, by some, to be a future Preds captain.
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It’s a bit of an interesting dynamic at play, as both Greiss and Halak are also competing for the No. 1 gig with the Islanders. Greiss, you’ll recall, filled in admirably for the injured Halak last season and helped the Isles win their first playoff series since 1993.
“Going to Chicago was a disaster,” Weise said of his brief cameo in a Blackhawks uniform, per Philly.com. “I played like five minutes a night. It’s pretty tough to do anything when you play so little. It was a new experience for me.”
Weise is mitigating his role. To be accurate, he averaged 9:57 over 15 regular season contests, and 8:24 in four playoff games.
But that doesn’t mean he was a bigger presence on the team than he thought. He sat as a healthy scratch on a few occasions and really struggled to find the back of the net, which was at direct odds with the rest of his campaign — prior to the trade, Weise scored a career-best 14 goals with Montreal, in just 56 games.
It was pretty clear head coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t a huge fan.
But you know who was? Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who opened up the checkbook this summer to ink Weise to a four-year, $9.4 million deal.
That contract carries a $2.35 million average annual cap hit, which is a really nice payday. Prior to this, Weise had never earned more than $1.025M in a single season.
It’ll be interesting to see if Weise can match the success he had in Montreal. Philly does need someone to replace the sandpaper lost with Ryan White‘s exit in free agency, and could use some more balanced scoring in the bottom six forward group.