Tag: Mark Fraser


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.

Report: Leafs recall McKegg from AHL Marlies


Toronto has recalled Greg McKegg — the human rhyming dictionary — from the American League, according to various reports.

McKegg, 20, was Toronto’s third-round pick (62nd overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The former OHL Erie standout has been producing quite well for the Marlies this season, scoring 26 points in 35 games.

He’s reportedly being recalled as Toronto forwards James van Riemsdyk and Peter Holland are dealing with minor injuries, and a roster spot was opened up today when the Leafs dealt Mark Fraser to Edmonton.

As such, McKegg will have a shot to make his NHL debut on Saturday when Toronto takes on Ottawa in the latest installment of the Battle of Ontario.


Trade: Oilers acquire Fraser from Toronto

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The Edmonton Oilers added some grit on defense Friday, acquiring Leafs rearguard Mark Fraser in exchange for Cam Abney (currently in the ECHL) and Teemu Hartikainen (currently in the KHL).

Fraser, 27, was an original Devils draftee that signed with Toronto as a depth defenseman last season and surprised, appearing in 45 of 48 regular season contests and four of seven playoff games. He averaged nearly 17 minutes a night during the regular season and notched a career-high eight points, but struggled to maintain his position on the club this year thanks to a knee injury and the ascension of rookie Morgan Rielly.

For the Leafs, the trade amounts to giving Fraser a fresh start elsewhere — he only appeared in 19 games this season — getting his $600,000 cap hit off the books and possibly developing something in either Abner or Hartikainen.

Hartikainen, 23, has 13 points in 52 career NHL contests but left the Oilers last season to try his hand in the KHL. Abney, 22, was Edmonton’s third-round pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but has spent the majority of his pro career in the East Coast league.

It’s worth noting that Fraser is yet another ex-Marlie acquired by Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. Others include Ben Scrivens, Ryan Hamilton and Will Acton.

As for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, give him credit — while his moves might not be “bold,” they have been aplenty:

Edmonton trades Dubnyk to Preds for Hendricks

Oilers get Scrivens from L.A.

Alberta swap: Oilers send Smid to Flames

Oilers sign Bryzgalov to one-year deal

MacTavish also dealt Linus Omark and Jason LaBarbera away for late-round draft picks.

Leafs scratch Liles, get Clarkson back from suspension


The Toronto Maple Leafs are making some changes to their lineup in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the recently competent Florida Panthers.

David Clarkson is returning from his two-game suspension. Meanwhile, John-Michael Liles goes back to being a healthy scratch, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

In tough guy tweaks, Siegel points out that Mark Fraser is in while Frazer McLaren is out. (Liles makes room for Fraser while Clarkson’s return pushes McLaren out of the mix.)

Aside from Saturday’s surprising 7-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks, things have been dim for the Leafs lately. They’ve lost four of their last five games, including last night’s defeat to an injury and suspension-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins squad.

They play five of their next six contests at home, so perhaps this will be a good time for the Buds to turn things around.

‘Princess Phaneuf’: John Scott has choice words for Leafs captain

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The dislike between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres grew a little more Saturday.

The Leafs defeated the Sabres 4-2, but a third period scrum that followed a John Scott attempted hit on Dion Phaneuf produced some choice words from Buffalo’s enforcer following the game.

“…all of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s Princess Phaneuf. It’s a joke,” said Scott after the game.

“My leg’s fine, everything’s good. It’s just something where I guess you’re not allowed to hit the star guys anymore.”

Scott appeared to hurt his right leg on the attempted hit on Phaneuf.

After a stop in play, Phaneuf went over to Scott and then threw a pretty good cross check Cody McCormick, causing a dust-up. Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr then joined the fray, leaping through the air to try and get at McCormick.

All totaled up, 44 penalty minutes were handed out in that melee alone.

“I kind of fell a little bit,” said Phaneuf, as per The Canadian Press. “I obviously ran into (Scott), he’s a big man. I was just going over to kind of talk to him a little bit and obviously McCormick came in, that’s part of the game.”

There is, of course, history between the Sabres and Leafs dating back to the pre-season, when a nasty line brawl broke out after Scott went after star player Phil Kessel off a faceoff.

Buffalo’s new head coach Ted Nolan, speaking after tonight’s game, spoke out against “staged fights.”

“I think there’s room for fighting in this game but not that way,” he said, as per Brian Koziol of WGR 550 and the Sabres Radio Network.

Also of note in this game: Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser has a lower-body injury and is now day-to-day, as per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.