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NHL Trade: Maple Leafs Trade Fraser to Oilers For Abney and Hartikainen

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for right winger Cameron Abney and left winger Teemu Hartikainen.

The 27-year old Fraser was drafted 84th overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft by the Devils. He carries a $1.275 million salary cap hit.

The 22-year old Abney was drafted 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the Oilers.

The 23-year old Hartikainen was drafted 163rd overall in the 6th round of the 2008 draft by the Oilers.

Thoughts from twitter:

  • Terry Jones: “Don’t know what the Oilers need with another No. 6-7 calibre low minutes defenceman. Got six or seven of them already. Short term toughness.”
  • Mark Masters: “Mark Fraser had been a healthy scratch in 20 of Leafs last 22 games; last played Jan. 9 in Carolina”
  • Chris Nichols: “Mark Fraser certainly has his shortcomings as a defenceman, but loves to hit and he’s not afraid to block shots. Third pairing guy.”
  • 67 Sound: “Fraser was the 8th best D on one of the worst D corps in the league, made over twice league minimum ($350K over amount you can bury).”
  • James Mirtle: “Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.”
  • David Staples: “Good deal for #Oilers, though based on his AHL playoffs play last spring, Hartikainen ready to play in NHL as bottom line grinder.”
  • Dan Tencer: “Fraser a good depth add…character, hard to play against. Fringe NHL d-man. Abney never going to play. Hartikainen a wise gamble for TML.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Abney needed to be included in the deal so the Oilers could stay at 48 contracts.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Fraser is a tough left shot D. Had off the charts luck to go +18 last season. Playing under 10 mins per game and -8 this season.”
  • Gus Katsaros: “always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.”
  • Damien Cox: “If Fraser can find his game, he’ll give EDM some size and toughness, elements that team needs. Rejoins ex-Marlie teammate Scrivens, as well.”
  • James Mirtle: “He would have likely been waived when Bolland returned. RT @DarrenDreger: Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Abner and Hartikainen.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “As for Cameron Abney, that’s Toronto freeing a 50-man spot for Edmonton. Can’t imagine even the #Leafs would use him.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “Interesting that the #Leafs have some time for Hartikainen – he’s been good in the KHL and I’ve wanted to see him get another NHL shot.”

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Morning Rumors III: Parenteau, Subban, Gagner, Yakupov, Stewart, Kings, Senators, Buyers and Sellers

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s P.A. Parenteau was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He has two more years left at $4 million per. Rumors that the Canadiens may be willing to trade P.K. Subban for Parenteau, prospect(s) and draft picks. Coach Patrick Roy said that Parenteau is not in the doghouse, he just doesn’t want to break up the top lines and that Parenteau doesn’t fit a fourth line role.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: SportsNets Doug MacLean on whether the Oilers should trade Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov:

    “Gagner and Yakupov have really been a real dilemma for this organization. They don’t know what to do with them. -29 for Yakupov. Talented kid. You know he’s going to score a lot of goals in the NHL before he’s done. Gagner, solid, solid. People don’t know if he’s a #2 or a #3 (centre).

    “Here’s the problem. You got to stay with these guys. You’re not going to get value (in a trade). It’s disappointing the way they’ve performed, but you are not going to get value. So stay with them.”

    It was brought up that the Oilers need to get bigger, tougher. MacLean agreed, but added:

     ”You bring in complementary guys to play with them. I’ve said it for years. You take their Top Six, and you make it a Top Nine because you fill in with quality 2-way guys. But if you start trading these guys, you are not getting value and you got a disaster on your hands.”

  • Craig Custance: Some GMs are more interested in making ‘hockey trades’ and than ‘rental trades.’ Blues Chris Stewart is an intriguing name but he carries a $4.15 million salary cap hit next season.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking for a left winger and a defenseman. At this point, they would have to overpay to get either.
    Frank Provenzano of ESPNPotential SellersNashville Predators - David Legwand, Matt Cullen, Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis. Washington Capitals - Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Martin Erat. Winnipeg Jets - Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Potential BuyersTampa Bay Lightning - roster depth. Colorado Avalanche - Top-four defenseman. St. Louis Blues - Stanley Cup caliber goalie.
  • James Pagnall of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators have new TV deal in place the could bring in between $20 and $30 million over the next 12 years. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

    “This puts us on a solid footing,” Melnyk said in reference to the broadcasting deals. “We are going to be competitive in spending on players. If I need to spend an extra $2 million to $3 million (on unrestricted free agents) to make the playoffs, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll do it.”

    “We’re still going to spend wisely,” he said, suggesting he does not intend to shell out the maximum permitted under salary cap rules.

    “Just because you have extra money in your pocket, doesn’t mean you go out and spend it,” he said. His philosophy of patiently — and inexpensively — developing raw talent remains front and centre in the Senators organization.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators president Cyril Leeder on their $400 million broadcaster deal with Bell Media.

    “It allows you to get in there and duke it out with the big guys,” Leeder told the Sun. “When you have a strong base of revenues from your corporate partners and your fanbase, that makes you stronger.

    “It allows you to compete with (teams like) Toronto, New York and Vancouver.”

    The Senators are currently 26th in spending, ahead of only the Flames, Avalanche, Islanders and Panthers.

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Morning Rumors II: Goaltender Edition: Hurricanes and Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on Hockey Central on his goaltenders Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters.

    “There’s enough interest in any one of the three,” Rutherford confirmed.

    “I think the real question is, do we carry three or do we make a move and move one? The biggest thing for me is if we move one, it makes it better for two goalies. With three goalies, they just don’t get enough practice time, they don’t get their own net. That’s a decision we’re going to have to make prior to the deadline.”

    Cam Ward has been sent to the AHL to get a couple games on a conditioning assignment. Ward has a no-trade clause, but sources saying he could be open to a change of scenery. Ward has two years left on his deal. Khudobin and Peters are pending UFAs. It’s thought the Hurricanes would like to re-sign Khudobin.

  • Hope Smoke: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: “I wouldn’t put one of our three goalies on waivers because I know there is enough interest out there.”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I don’t think it’s out of the question that Cam Ward is dealt but I don’t think it’s likely either.” … “Cam Ward has a no trade and he’s not going anywhere if he doesn’t want to.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Bernier’s play may have changed how teams look at James Reimer as an available asset” … “The teams that do view Reimer as a starting goalie may have had enough examples to change that opinion”

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Morning Rumors I: Scouting Last Night’s Games

  • Scott Cruickshank: Scouting the Flames – Sharks: Hurricanes, Flyers, Oilers, Lightning, Rangers and Maple Leafs.
  • David Pagnotta: 17 scouts from 12 teams scouting the Panthers – Maple Leafs: Jets (2), Oilers (2), Coyotes (2), Flames (2), Predators (2), Kings, Stars, Blues, Blackhawks, Flyers, Devils and Avalanche.
  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Wild – Avalanche: Canucks, Blackhawks, Blues, Jets, Oilers, Coyotes, Red Wings, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Oilers were the only non-regular team scouting the Kings – Penguins game.
  • Joe Haggerty: Scouting the Bruins – Canadiens: Two for each of the Rangers and Lightning, and a handful of teams with one.
  • Mike Heika: No scouts at the Stars – Devils game.

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Injury Notes: Wings, Lightning, Sabres, Preds, Avs, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Flames and Caps

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) will not be playing for Sweden at the Olympics.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop left last night’s game after being hit in the head by the skate of Nikita Kucherov. Valtteri Filppula also left last night’s game with a lower-body injury after a collision in the second. Both players said they felt better after the game, with Bishop passing the concussion protocol, with his minor headache lessening with time.

    “It didn’t feel very good, a little bit of a headache, but it’s gotten better as the game went on,’’ said Bishop, who reported he has never been diagnosed with a concussion. “No dizziness, but I felt a little weak after I got hit. Hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and be able to practice.’’

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg hopes to return to the lineup tonight. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with his leg injury and will miss his 12th straight game.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Matt Moulson left last night’s game in the third period after taking a slash/cross-check to the arm. They should know more today.
  • AP on ESPN: Predators Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t skate yesterday. The Preds play tonight and tomorrow.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Paul Stastny suffered an ankle injury. Update should come today.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Clarkson is still limited by elbow pain. David Alter: Clarkson still needs to have his stitches and staples removed from his elbow. Was to see team doctors again yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Bolland hopes to play before the Olympic break, but isn’t confident that it will happen. Coach Randy Carlyle said it’s “50-50″ that Bolland returns before the break.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks Mike Santorelli will be out five to six months after having shoulder surgery. He is a pending UFA.
  • Mike Vogl: No update on Capitals Mikhail Grabovski as he’s not traveling with team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett has been out with broken fibula since Jan. 3rd. It carries a four to six week recovery, so he should be ready to play after the Olympic break.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Nick Bonino is day-to-day. Boudreau thinks that he’ll be able to play before the Olympic break.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ready to go last night.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks Tom Sestito practice after only 35 minutes yesterday with what looked like a hip flexor issue.

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Morning Hits: Outdoor Games, Fleischmann, Gudbranson, VandeVelde, Jeffrey, Corrado and Howard

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Seems likely that the Avalanche will get an outdoor game next year. MillerCoors wants to have a game in Denver.
  • Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars would like to hold an outdoor game.

    “We are in the very early stages of talks and planning, and we expect to make some headway during the Olympic break, but it’s still a few years away,” Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said. “Just guessing, I would say 2015-16 at the earliest, and more realistically 2016-17.”

  • Sun-Sentinel: The Panthers made Tomas Fleischmann a healthy scratch last night. Erik Gudbranson has been scratched for three straight games.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Chris VandeVelde clears waivers and was sent to the AHL.

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The Avalanche Sign Semyon Varlamov to Contract Extension

The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year contract extension worth $29.5 million, a $5.9 million salary cap hit.

The 25-year old Varlamov was drafted 23rd overall in the 2006 draft by the Capitals. He carries a $2,833,333 cap hit this season.

“Undoubtedly, Semyon has been an impact player for us this season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “At only 25 years old, he is entering the prime years of his career and he wants to be part of this franchise moving forward. We are very excited to have come to terms with him and the fact that he has agreed to a five-year extension demonstrates his commitment to the Avalanche and what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Do you think it is a good deal for the Avalanche, Varlamov or both?


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VIDEO: SportsNet HC Trade Tracker: Flames David Jones

Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Calgary Flames should trade David Jones. Jones could bring a team some good secondary scoring, as he’s scored 20 goals twice before the lockout, but the 29-year old only scored three goals last season, with eight so far this season. Which Jones will you get?

He carries a $4 million salary cap hit, and with two years left on his deal, it’s the reason he won’t be traded according to Doug MacLean.

Who do you think should be interested in Jones, and at what cost?



Morning Rumors II: Brodeur, Vanek, Cammalleri, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs and Malone

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Though he’s “not at all” looking to be traded, Devils Martin Brodeur is open to the idea of waiving his no-trade clause.

    “I’m open to anything,” Brodeur told me. “I just want to play. So, like I said in Toronto, if there’s a better situation for me, I’ll take it. If it’s here or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter.”

    On not playing as much.

    “I don’t think so unless in the next three weeks it goes worse than (it is),” Brodeur said of whether he’d ask for a trade. “We’ll see. But I don’t think I will ask.”

  • Arthur Staple: Thomas Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said “We’re not there yet” with regards to re-signing with the Islanders or going to the open market.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Mike Cammalleri said he’s had “great” talks with Brian Burke about his future.
  • Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is set to return to the lineup, but he may not be there for long.

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Cammalleri said. “Brian has been really good with me. We’ve had a lot of communication, as far as talking about some different things. I’m not able to speculate on what may or may not happen yet, but as far as that goes, I think I just try and play the game the way I’ve always tried to play it, and that’s the best I can every day.”

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will likely wait until closer to the trade deadline to determine if they are buyers, sellers or are standing pat. It doesn’t look like the Red Wings will make a deal anytime soon.

    “The phone is ringing a little bit; I’m calling a little bit,” Holland said. “With the Olympic break coming, I don’t sense a lot of activity.

    “I talked to a few managers the last few days; there’s not much going on.”

    “We have to play our way into being a buyer,” Holland said. “There’s no use spending assets unless we play our way into a buyer position.”

    The trade market could include: Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Ales Hemsky, Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes and Thomas Vanek.

The Red Wings could be looking for a top-six forward or top-four defenseman, but there may not be too many of those types of players available.

  • Ken Warren: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said it is a “no brainer” that he’d spend another $2-$3 million if they need a rental to make the playoffs.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Nonis will continue to listen until someone makes an offer that he can’t refuse. If not Kadri & others aren’t going anywhere.” … “the renovation that we call Toronto is far from over”
  • Dennis Bernstein: (responding to question about Malone to LA) Bernstein doesn’t think Ryan Malone would waive his no-trade clause, plus he only has five goals in 37 games.

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Morning Rumors I: Rangers Edition – Girardi, Callahan and McGinn

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rumors floating around that the Rangers could trade Ryan Callahan, and it’s thought that they may not restrict themselves to only dealing with the Western Conference. Callahan is in the final year with a $4.25 million cap hit and may be looking something in the $6 million range. Can the Rangers risk losing Callahan for nothing after the season? The Rangers may be able to get a high pick, a prospect or both.
  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: Ryan Callahan’s agent has said there have been “detours” with regards to contract negotiations.

    “I want to be a Ranger. I want to be here,” Callahan said. “As a pending UFA (unrestricted free agent), if talks go on this long, there’s going to be talk (in the media). But I can only focus on what I can control.”

  • Andrew Gross: Ryan Callahan said he wants to stay with the Rangers. He realizes there will be constant rumors until his future is settled.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Sources saying that Dan Girardiis looking for a six-year contract at around $5.5 million a season. The Rangers countered at six-years and around $5.2 million or five-years at around $5.7 million. It looked like they are close enough to get a deal done.

    Sources saying the Rangers have interest in Avs winger Jamie McGinn.

    Brooks wonders what the Kings, Penguins or Bruins would give up for Callahan.

  • Jim Matheson: Matheson notes that if Callahan his looking for seven years and $42 million, that is in the same ballpark as Dustin Brown’s eight year, $5.875 million cap hit.
  • Jim Matheson: The Rangers could use Dan Hamhuis ($4.5 million cap hit) as a comparable for Dan Girardi. Both players are 30 point defenseman.

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