The Maple Leafs have cleared some cap space with a number of players set to return from IR shortly (Smith, Clarkson, Bolland).
Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Cam Abner and Hartikainen.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2014
always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.
— Gus Katsaros (@KatsHockey) January 31, 2014
Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 31, 2014
Most importantly, the Leafs have added wiggle room. Fraser would’ve been costing the Leafs $350,000 on the cap if he was demoted to the Marlies, so to flip him for an asset while moving off his cap hit for the rest of the season is nothing but a good thing.
#MapleLeafs went from around $370K in cap space to $1.65M with today’s trade — enough to get Bolland off LTIR with a few demotions.
— CapGeek (@capgeek) January 31, 2014
The Leafs will still have some tough decisions to make when it comes to who to demote (and/or waive) among a group of bottom six forward options including Frazer McLaren, Troy Bodie, Carter Ashton, Colton Orr, Peter Holland and Trevor Smith. At least two must be demoted (involving waivers in some cases) to stay compliant with the cap and roster limits.
Some notes from the Edmonton Journal on Teemu Hartikainen.
I think the biggest thing with Harty is you really need to push him. Before this series started I kind of got in his ear and said ‘Look, you have got a whole other gear to give me,’ and he goes, ‘Yeah, I know.’ I said, ‘Start bringing it, you’re not at the level that satisfies me right now because I know there’s more to give.’ I think it’s just constant reminders with him. I think the big part of his game is how physical he is, and when I saw him play up in Edmonton he was very inconsistent with it. He has to be like that every shift he plays up there, and play hard like that for 60 minutes. If he figures that out, the rest of the game will come into play. He definitely is comfortable at this level. He’s a lot stronger than a lot of players here in the AHL, so he’s able to have his way down low. Up in the NHL, it’s a bit different; guys are a bit stronger, so he’s not able to rag the puck as well. He’s got to figure it out, he’s still a young guy and hopefully he does. I see him knocking on the door right now of being a regular up there, but he has to take that next step.
He has no motivation to play in the AHL, it seems, and is unlikely to leave a KHL job to do so. However, there is the possibility of having Hartikainen over to camp next fall, and loaning him back to the KHL if he doesn’t make the Leafs.
Nice to see good humans like Mark Fraser get a crack at a roster spot, but this is a spare parts trade geared mostly toward cap space. Nothing to see here…
Just a quick thought here, most underatted player in our system: Drew fucking McIntyre.
Sure he isnt a spring chicken and may never have an impact in the N, but for the past few years he has carried the Marlies and their young players so they can develop with out getting shit on for loses. The guy never get mentioned and I think he deserves some praise for team developemtn
So here's to you Drew, you a hell of a goalie and one ugly bastard!
McKegg could easily turn into a solid 2/3 centre in a couple more years. Has the skill and is learning the grinding defensive side in the A. A cup of coffee with the big club is perfect for him right now, than back for more seasoning. love this move
Alec is right ( bet all my monies ) unless Smith can be sent down. Mclaren is getting waived, and will make it by.
Obviously much more important games but here's some food for thought.
Games left against Teams with more points than us: 8 (including 3 against Tampa).
Montreal - 10 including the 2 with us.
Sens - 12 including 2 with the Canadiens and 2 with us.
@TheCanucksnaphook Holland's injury screwed it up. #missedtheboat
@TheCanucksnaphook whats this?
@PEIleafnation has been ? where is that ?
@ingy56 When are they going to drop "Interim"? No way they replace him right now.
@Burtonboy Mr. Rielly, please do not hurt those wheels
@Burtonboy reilly will captain this team one day, what a kid. Norris 2016
@ingy56 Now today is beginning to make a little more sense.
@ingy56 When in the season is that requirement lifted?
@ingy56 WAIVE THE GOONS!!!
@ingy56 The turmoil. Love it.
@ingy56 Didn't Holland miss practice? JVR too?
@hoolihan Just trade deadline info. Not necessarily Leaf related.
@hoolihan I care, thanks Ingy for posting it.
@hoolihan after trade deadline
@ingy56 Whether it's a JVR injury or Holland or Ashton.
@The Truth Hurts They are not and will not trade Kadri !!! who is a better 2nd line center at this price tag and age ??
No one available, thats for sure
@The Truth Hurts Room for Giordano now that Fraser's gone..that Doug MacLean is a genius.