The Winnipeg Jets have signed free agent forwards Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser to matching one-year, two-way contracts worth $650,000, the club announced on Thursday.
Cormier spent much of the 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps scoring 12 goals and 21 points in 47 games. The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the Jets last season.
Fraser split the 2014-15 season between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. He appeared in 24 games with the Bruins scoring three goals. The Oilers claimed Fraser off of waivers from the Bruins in December.
In 36 games in Edmonton, Fraser scored five goals and four assists.
As Jets’ beat writer Ken Wiebe notes, Fraser has been a prolific goal scorer at the AHL level scoring 90 goals and 131 points in 181 games.
Kadri also forfeits $141,463.41 in salary because of the incident.
On Wednesday, Kadri reacted to the league’s suspension, saying he tried to avoid the hit.
“There’s not much I can do, I mean I felt I did everything I did what I could (to avoid the hit) you never want to see stuff like that happen,” said Kadri, as per the club’s website. “I hope he is alright and he gets back to (100 per cent). I think it was pretty obvious that I felt pretty bad about it after the situation.
“It’s obviously hard to deal with.
“I’m not going to sit here and whine about it. I’m going to come back to work and be professional, no matter if I’m on the sidelines, on the ice or in the dressing room.”
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Toronto’s Nazem Kadri four games for his elbow to the head of Edmonton’s Matt Fraser on Monday.
The play in question:
Kadri received an illegal check to the head minor for the hit. Fraser left the contest and didn’t return, and has since been diagnosed with a concussion.
This marks the second time Kadri’s been suspended in two years — in November of 2013, he was given a three-game ban for bowling over Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. It also marks the second time in as many weeks that he’s been suspended; the 24-year-old was parked for three games by head coach Peter Horachek and president Brendan Shanahan for behavioral issues, and only returned to the Leafs lineup on Saturday.
With this latest suspension, Kadri will miss Toronto’s next four games — Thursday versus San Jose, Saturday in Ottawa, Monday versus Minnesota and Thursday versus Florida — and will be eligible to return on Saturday, Mar. 28 for a rematch against the Sens.
Kadri will also forfeit $141,463.41 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.