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Three-time Stanley Cup champ Colin Fraser signs in Germany


Colin Fraser is headed overseas to play professionally in Germany with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers.

PHT has learned it’s a one-year, €88,000 deal (roughly $98,961 USD).

His one-year, $650,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues was set to expire next month making him an unrestricted free agent.

Fraser spent the 2014-15 season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League scoring nine goals and 17 points in 59 games. He also earned a one-game call up with St. Louis registering a minus-1 rating and 4:42 of ice time in the Blues’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

“I feel like my NHL career has seen better days,” Fraser told PHT. “I almost went overseas last year, but decided to try to get back to the NHL via the AHL like when I was young.

“Now being 30, and having small children, I felt like it was the time to go and experience not only European hockey, but the culture and lifestyle too. Hopefully it all works out and I can extend my career a few years longer.”

Fraser has appeared in 359 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers and L.A. Kings scoring 20 goals and 58 points to go along with 290 penalty minutes.

He was member of the Blackhawks when Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and was a part of the Kings for their Cup wins in 2012 and 2014.

Despite signing in Europe, Fraser has not given up the NHL dream.

“I believe with my resume I could land a good AHL job, but as far as NHL, there is always that hope. After playing only one game last year I decided that now was the time to go to Europe.”

Blues sign Parayko to an entry-level contract


The St. Louis Blues locked up an asset for the future Tuesday evening.

The club announced they’ve come to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with defenseman Colton Parayko.

The 21-year-old has spent the past three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he collected six goals and 17 in assists in 36 games this season.

Last season Parayko was named a WCHA First Team All-Star while earning the League’s Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Parayko was the Blues the third round selection (86th overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Parayko has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

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Wolves not happy with Berra’s celebration


Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Reto Berra made a little history Friday night becoming the 11th goaltender in American Hockey League history to score a goal.

However, the Chicago Wolves, who dropped the game 5-1, weren’t happy with how the goaltender celebrated.

Forward Colin Fraser stepped in to let Berra know as you can see from the video.

“It’s not everyday a goalie scores and congrats to him. Celebrate it by all means. I just didn’t like the fly-by by our bench and rubbing it in,” Fraser told PHT. “It was a tough end to a tough game for us.

“We haven’t been playing well and I was frustrated.”

Chicago coach John Anderson wasn’t happy with the celebration either.

“I think it’s a wonderful play by him. I just didn’t think that the way he celebrated was necessary,” Anderson told Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think their guys would’ve come down (to him). They were happy for him. (Heck) of a play. Good for him.

“To do that and jump up and down… again it’s a wonderful thing, but come on. You’re in the other team’s building. You can’t show them up like that.”

Blues activate Schwartz, reassign Fraser

The St. Louis Blues have activated forward Jaden Schwartz off injured reserve and assigned Colin Fraser to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Schwartz will make his return to the Blues lineup tonight when St. Louis visits San Jose.

The 22-year-old suffered a foot injury in the Blues’ Dec. 16 win over the L.A. Kings and missed seven games with the injury.

Schwartz had 11 goals and 27 points in 31 games prior to the injury.

Fraser was a minus-1 in his Blues’ debut while playing 4:42 in St. Louis’ 4-3 loss to the Ducks Friday night.

Ducks’ Heatley clears waivers (Updated)


Anaheim Ducks forward, Dany Heatley, who was placed on waivers by the club Monday, has cleared.


The 33-year-old has appeared in six games for the Ducks this season in which he’s failed to register a point while carrying a minus-3 rating.

In 869 career NHL games with the Ducks, Wild, Sharks, Senators and Thrashers Heatley has 372 goals, 791 points and 620 penalty minutes.

Originally the the second overall selection at the 2000 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Heatley won the Calder Trophy has the league’s top rookie following the 2001-02 season where he scored 26 goals and 67 points in 82 games with Atlanta.

With the exception of a two-game conditioning assignment this season, Heatley has never played in the AHL.

Heatley is on a one-year, $1 million contract this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Steve Pinizzotto remains with the Oilers and participated in the team’s morning skate today.

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned goaltender Matt Hackett to the Rochester Americans.

With Magnus Paajarvi clearing waivers, St. Louis is expected to recall a forward from the Chicago Wolves. Paajarvi has been assigned to the AHL club. Chris Porter was placed on IR today. St. Louis currently has 21 players on its’ active roster.