Fighting and the Blue Jackets, a 2013/14 Review

#451998935 / Earlier today, Nick had asked his followers what they’d like to see tracked this season. One was from Mark [@CBJTherapy]: @nickjbiss Something I've always been curious about. Win/loss record after a fight, and if #CBJ was ahead, tied, or behind at time of fight. — Mark (@CBJTherapy) August 9, 2014 Having seen some research done on this very...
Via BS Hockey
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers continue the neverending rebuild

Is this the year Edmonton makes a big deal at the deadline? Ales Hemsky's name is in the discussion, as usual, but what about one of the team's young stars? Between the start of the regular season and the Olympic roster freeze in early February, there were 26 trades completed in the NHL. Eight of those trades involved the Edmonton Oilers, as general manager Craig MacTavish...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick introduction to team old hat for newest Edmonton Oilers acquisition

When Mark Fraser was swapped from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Edmonton Oilers, then joined his new team on the road and suited up for them in a matinee in Boston before he had met most of his teammates, let alone practised with them, it was not a new experience for him. It happened to him in similar fashion in 2004 when he was playing Tier II junior with the Gloucester Rangers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs trade Mark Fraser to Edmonton Oilers

   The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded veteran 27-year-old defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for a pair of forward prospects. Fraser, who signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs in the summer for $1.275 million, was a healthy scratch in 19 of Toronto’s last 20 contests. He played in a total of 19 games with the Leafs this season and had no goals and one assist...
Via Hockey Fan Land
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Day: Oilers @ Bruins

Derek Leung/Getty Images North America Shaun Maddex Edmonton Oilers Writer Ah yes, the afternoon game. Historically bad news for Oilers, made tougher by the fact that it is against Boston. The Oilers are coming off the most memorable performance of their season, for all the good and bad that was the Sharks game. There was nothing about the Sharks game that made me believe this team...
Via TopSportsReport
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs deal defenseman Fraser to Oilers

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for forwards Cameron Abney and the rights to restricted free agent Teemu Hartikainen on Friday. Fraser appeared in 19 games for Toronto this season and hadn't dressed for the past 11. Fraser played in 45 games last season, with eight assists and 85 penalty minutes. Abney was Edmonton's third-round...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers continue to shake up roster; add Fraser from Leafs

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser has been acquired by the Edmonton Oilers for two wing prospects (photo courtesy of the Oilers official team website) It seems like Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is starting to put the wheels in motion to rebuilding this once proud franchise; today he took a small step in the right direction, acquiring veteran defenseman Mark Fraser...
Via Around The Rink
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers-Bruins Preview

The high-scoring Boston Bruins surged into their last game, only to turn in one of their more lackluster efforts of the season. Getting back on track offensively could prove difficult if the Edmonton Oilers' Ben Scrivens even approaches the level of brilliance of his last outing. Boston will be facing Scrivens one game after he set an NHL record for saves in a shutout with...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs Trade Fraser To Edmonton For Spare Parts by   Steven Ellis

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Cam Abney & Teemu Hartikainen. Fraser was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 19 games with the Leafs this year, Fraser recorded zero goals and one assist to go along with 33 penalty minutes. He’s not even close [...]
Via The Hockey House
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Toronto/Edmonton Trade

via the CP at TSN, The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Mark Fraser in exchange for forward Teemu Hartikainen and Cam Abney. In 19 games with the Maple Leafs this season, the 27-year-old Fraser has notched one assist and a minus-8 rating with 33 penalty minutes. He is currently on a one-year deal worth $1.275 million. Hartikainen, 23, is currently playing...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Good, The Bad, and What Just Happened? by   Bradshaw Furlong

In what was probably their best game of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs blew out the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 7-3 at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. It was Dion Phaneuf’s first game back from his suspension and John-Michael Liles drew into the lineup so Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser (finally) [...]
Via The Hockey House
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey fights of the week

It's Monday. The holiday weekend is over and everyone is headed back to work. Don't be depressed. Cheer yourself up with some of the best hockey fights from over the Thanksgiving holiday. While we're at it, let's all give thanks for the great sport of hockey. 5. Tom Sestito (VAN) vs Chris Neil (OTT) - Nov 28 Forcing players to keep their helmet on during...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs’ Cody Franson comments enlighten about Team Canada’s difficulty in selecting defence corps

With defenceman Mark Fraser back from injury, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle had to shuffle his blueline. First to sit is 19-year old rookie Morgan Rielly. A subsequent side-effect of Fraser’s return to the lineup is Jake Gardiner‘s…Read more →The post Maple Leafs’ Cody Franson comments enlighten about Team Canada’s difficulty in selecting defence corps...
Via The Hockey Daily
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Predators Preview

The short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to get at least one player back following their first loss of the season, but the status of their leading scorer is unknown. Joffrey Lupul is dealing with an injured calf but will travel with the Maple Leafs for Thursday night's game against the Nashville Predators. The Maple Leafs (3-1-0) are missing Mark Fraser, Nikolai Kulemin...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs blue line could use some help

It’s intriguing that Luke Schenn led the NHL in hits last season. Since trading Schenn for James van Riemsdyk the Leafs have chased that stay-at-home defenceman. Mark Fraser fit the bill somewhat but now he’s hurt. Ryan O’Byrne was a bust at the trade deadline. The jury is out on Paul Ranger still trying to get his legs under him after three years away from the NHL. And it’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Senators-Maple Leafs Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs have started their season in impressive fashion with two road victories, but their coach wants continued improvement. Given their recent history with the Ottawa Senators, they figure to have a good chance to move to 3-0 for the third time in four years Saturday night when they host Ottawa in their home opener. Toronto (2-0-0) has started with 4-3 and 3-1...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH:Fraser, Moen drop gloves, helmets in opener

The NHL will inflict harsher punishments this season on players who remove their helmets to fight, but that didn’t deter Toronto’s Mark Fraser and Montreal’s Travis Moen during Tuesday’s season opener. When Fraser tossed Brandon Prust to the ground away from the play late in the second period, Moen came to his teammate’s aid. Their bout was preceded by some negotiating...
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The NHL Needs To Solve This Helmet Debacle Before It Gets Too Embarassing

The NHL is trying desperately to make the game safer while still preserving the tenacity that makes the game so special. So, this offseason they instituted a new rule that prohibited players from removing their helmets prior to engaging in a fight. They hoped this would limit the number of head injuries resulting from fights. Not only have players found loopholes within the rule...
Via Next Impulse Sports
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers ramping up efforts to bring in a super heavyweight enforcer, McKenzie says.

Oilers last had a super heavyweight enforcer in Steve “Smac” MacIntyre This just in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter: “Is this good time to note EDM which was looking for super heavyweight BEFORE last night is now ramping up that search.” This tweet comes after incidents where various Vancouver tough guys Zack Kassian and Dale Weisse targeted Oilers star forwards Sam...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser reminds us all that Ottawa is not necessarily Senators territory

The Ottawa Sun's Tim Baines reports that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was skating with the Ottawa Senators' players at the Bell Sensplex on Thursday (as was some Alfred-something guy), and as Baines discusses Fraser's love for the Toronto Maple Leafs despite his status as a born-and-raised Ottawan, I would like to posit the reason that Senators fans are...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Leafs re-sign Mark Fraser ahead of arbitration hearing

An observer of the week of silence in the Mark Fraser contract dispute with the Maple Leafs opined that "sometimes it's best to say nothing." That played out Tuesday morning when the fiesty defenceman and the club dodged a date with NHL salary arbitrator Fred Horowitz and agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million US. It's not known yet who blinked with the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs Bring Back Fraser by   Bradshaw Furlong

The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration for the second straight RFA, the first being Carl Gunnarsson, as they have re-signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year, $1.275 million contract. Fraser, 26 (will be 27 in September), was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round (84th overall) back in the 2005 NHL Draft. After playing two years [...]
Via The Hockey House
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Fraser Agrees To One-Year Contract With Toronto

#Leafs D Mark Fraser has avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to 1 yr deal worth $1,275M. — Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) July 30, 2013
Via Kukla's Korner
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Cody Franson might be put on trading block by Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are feeling the heat of the salary cap with a little more than $6 million of free space to sign restricted free agents Nazem Kadri Mark Fraser (who filed arbitration) and Cody Franson. It doesn't look like there's going to be enough money to spare to re-sign all three of them so that means somebody has to be the odd man out. Darren Dreger notes it...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Rod Pelley Re-Joins The New Jersey Devils by   Steven Ellis

The New Jersey Devils have brought back a familiar face, signing Rod Pelley to a one year, two way contract. While playing with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils in the 2008–09 season, Pelley contributed 38 points in 75 games. On December 12, 2011, Pelley, along with Mark Fraser and a 2012 7th round draft pick, was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kurtis [...]
Via The Hockey House
July 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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