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Video: Oilers’ Fraser scores controversial second-period goal


On Thursday, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mark Fraser scored his first NHL goal in over four years, and it also happened to be of some controversy.

The goal came with St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman on the ice, in pain, after taking an incidental knee to the head from the Oilers’ Jesse Joensuu.

Joensuu was trying to avoid contact, by jumping over Jackman, who fell trying to play the puck, however he clipped the Blues defenseman with his left leg. The goal counted, despite Jackman down on the ice for several seconds between the contact with Joensuu and when the puck went past Ryan Miller.

For Fraser, it was his first goal since March 2, 2010. It also tied the game at 2-2 heading into the third period.

Oilers want to recoup this year’s draft picks, says MacTavish

Craig MacTavish.

Edmonton wants back in at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

“I’d be disappointed if we weren’t able to get our second- or third-rounder back,” Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said on Tuesday. “And, potentially more than that. If we’re sitting at the draft with our first pick and then we’re not picking again until the fourth round, that’d be disappointing.

“That’s exactly what we’re going to try and do — get those picks back.”

Edmonton sent its second-rounder to St. Louis as part of the David Perron trade, and its third-rounder to Los Angeles for Ben Scrivens.

Based on MacTavish’s comments and Edmonton’s last-place standing in the Western Conference, the tea leaves suggest it’s in full-fledged seller mode starting… now. The Oilers do have some veterans that playoff-bound teams might be interested in, like UFA forward Ales Hemsky, who’s in the final year of a deal that pays $5 million annually and is coming off an Olympic performance in which he scored twice in a quarterfinal loss to the U.S.

Defensemen Nick Schultz, Mark Fraser, Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter could draw some interest as well. None of the names jump off the page but, according to Pens GM Ray Shero, “adding any NHL defensemen for any team is going to be difficult.” Schultz looks very much like a rental, a veteran of nearly 900 NHL games with 24 playoff contests on his resume.

The big question is if the club will part with Ryan Smyth. A heart-and-soul guy that loves playing in Edmonton, Smyth’s departure seven years ago was gut-wrenching for both himself and the organization, but the unease about moving him could be turned into a PR move, in which Edmonton flips him to a contender, giving Smyth a shot at a Stanley Cup.

However the Edmonton situation plays out, know one thing — MacTavish is once again promising to be active.

“We’re going to be aggressively speaking to teams and letting them know what we’re trying to do, seeing if there’s a fit,” he said.

Report: Leafs are ‘taking calls’ regarding Kulemin


While there’s no word on how closely they’re listening to such offers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are “taking calls” regarding forward Nikolai Kulemin, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The team already traded away fighting defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers earlier on Friday.

The 27-year-old winger’s contract ($2.8 million cap hit) will expire after this season.

After breaking out in 2010-11 (30 goals, 57 points), he’s seen his numbers slide, as he’s behind his 23-point pace from the abbreviated 2012-13 season, only managing 16 points in 44 games this season.

Kulemin also seems to be regressing in fancy stats categories.

In other words, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that they’re willing to hear what other NHL teams might offer, even if they’re not exactly selling when his value is peaking.