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Jets sign Cormier, Fraser to matching one-year deals

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.

‘I’m not going to sit here and whine about it,’ says Kadri after receiving four-game suspension

For the second time this month, Nazem Kadri has had to accept punishment for a transgression.

First, he ran afoul of the rules of his own team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, which resulted in a three-game ban and Brendan Shanahan stating publicly the young forward had to “grow up.”

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Kadri received another suspension, this time from the National Hockey League. It’s a four-game suspension for a head shot on Edmonton’s Matt Fraser.

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.”

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Kadri suspended four games for Fraser headshot


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.

Kadri to have hearing for Fraser headshot


Toronto forward Nazem Kadri’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month continues.

Having already served a team-issued suspension for behavioral issues, Kadri now faces discipline from the league after catching Edmonton’s Matt Fraser with an elbow on Monday night.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the decision today, with Kadri’s hearing coming on Wednesday.

Here’s the hit in question, which netted Kadri a two-minute illegal check to the head minor:

Fraser left the game following the hit and didn’t play another shift. No word yet on the severity of his injury.

Kadri does have a history as a repeat offender which could play a part in his disciplinary hearing. In November of 2013, he was suspended three games for bowling over Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom.

Kessel laments ‘all-time low,’ Kadri fears suspension after ugly Leafs loss


Whether Toronto Maple Leafs fans are hoping for their team to tank or not, Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers was gruesome in many different ways.

Things were especially bleak for Jonathan Bernier, as he allowed three goals on four shots before being mercifully pulled in the first period of the game. The reactions on Twitter and social media in general ranged from sardonic to sorrowful.

Phil Kessel seemed to be in the latter camp:

The game serves as another serious misstep for Nazem Kadri, who may find himself suspended by the league not that long after he was shelved by his team. Check out this hit he delivered on Matt Fraser:

As you can probably see, Kadri attempted to apologize to Fraser right after he delivered that check, which drew a two-minute illegal check to the head minor. After the game, he admitted that he’s concerned about getting suspended, as TSN’s Mark Masters reports.

Kadri eventually left the game after an altercation with defenseman Andrew Ference, but the damage was already done.

If tonight is any indication, the last month of the 2014-15 season could be a really rough one for the Maple Leafs.

Head coach Peter Horachek doesn’t want to hear any whining in that regard, though.