Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen

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The Maple Leafs have cleared some cap space with a number of players set to return from IR shortly (Smith, Clarkson, Bolland).

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

[quote_box_center]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.[/quote_box_center]

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…

  • Tim Horton

    I shall be the first to post!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Think Nonis tried to push McLaren or Orr on MacTavish as well?

  • wendelsway1

    All the best to you, Fraser….you were a warrior for us….Thank you  :)

  • Anthony Petrielli

    CanuckUKinToronto  They have his rights… Like an unsigned prospect I believe.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    CanuckUKinToronto  Like Komarov basically.

  • Black_Hawk

    nice salary dump I don’t expect either of the players we got to play for us

  • TOHockeyNut

    Good luck to you Mark Fraser. All the best in Edmonton. Say hello to Scrivens for us!

  • Jon5200

    This site is GREAT for us Leaf fans not in Toronto……and those in Toronto!!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Can’t hurt the Oilers either.  Not going to turn them around (59 shots??), but I bet Scrivens is happy about it

  • Black_Hawk

    Good job by nonis on this one

  • Black_Hawk

    now we know he can get ranger moved if need be

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    CanuckUKinToronto  Even if they sent him down his cap hit basically stayed so very good move here.

  • TOHockeyNut

    Black_Hawk  Ranger has a NTC.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook  More happy with the Giguere/Blake deal :)

  • zakimak

    Bold Move

  • zakimak

    LOL…yeah the oils are sad sad case but that said, it’s still a good move for them but no where enough. A good move for the leafs aside from cap space but more of a Thank you for your service. Bottom line, win win for everyone.

  • MaxwellHowe

    zakimak Oilers gave away nothing and came out with a D man who will, at the very least, put some snarl in their line-up and discourage forwards from diving intg their new star Ben Scrivens

  • vinoa

    MaxwellHowe zakimak  Will they take Clarkson as well? He protects water bottles!

  • Black_Hawk

    CanuckUKinToronto don’t expect to see him in a leafs jersey but wouldn’t mind to see him work out. Think this was just a pure salary dump move

  • zakimak

    Just cap space for Nonis to play with. The body returns likely turn out to be nothing for the leafs. It bennefited the Oils for sure but Bold it is not. Like I said, it’s a win win for everyone.

  • zakimak

    I am  not quite there yet…Judgement WILL be made at the playoff

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto  Its in the link above

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/429296506764795904
    Peter Holland has “lace bite” from trying on a new pair of skates. And Ashton has a sore hand.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    ingy56  Sounds like an Aki Berg injury lol

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    ShotgunCharlie ingy56  Wax laces can do that, hated them.

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    ingy56  lol. dont know what lace bite is , but , i know about tryin to break in new skates . had my feet molded for custom skates once. i didnt even need to tie up the laces they were so tight , took a year to break in , ooo the blisters !!! haha

  • vinoa

    TheCanucksnaphook Yes? Not sure what you’re referring to but I am very happy inside.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook  Scivens, via LA

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook  
    Will Acton. Ryan Hamilton.

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    https://twitter.com/Leafs4Life_Keonhttps://twitter.com/Leafs4Life_Keon/status/429298628104962049
    January 31st can now be declared official Leafs trade day. Next step is to pass a law making it a Statutory day off
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23needmorefishingdays&src=hash

  • vinoa

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook  Broll was drafted from a pick that we traded with them. Didn’t realize just how much we’d been trading with the Oilers.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook  I bet they take a little run at Frattin. He’s a regular healthy scratch and has 6 assists on the year. Not sure what’s up with that team, but that can’t score goals. If he were on the Oilers, he’d produce fine. Always liked the guy.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    unclejakescards ingy56  Probably from wax laces, if you get them too tight they don’t relax. My feet lost all the blood flow one time, I got rid of the damn things.

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    anyone want to buy a hockey team ???
    http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/01/31/sarnia-sting-on-the-market

  • Anthony Petrielli

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT3pBPX9u9A

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK  I bet LA is going strong on Moulson but he got injured last night.

  • Tim Horton

    unclejakescards  The Tim Horton’s Back Yard Sting, has a nice ring.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    ingy56 unclejakescards  I only use wax laces. I guess I am old school 😛

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    unclejakescards  Peterpatch needs a new rink, how hard is it to move an arena? :)

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Tim Horton unclejakescards  haha , its ciccarellis that own it ..

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    ShotgunCharlie ingy56 unclejakescards  Lots use them, they just aren’t for me I guess.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 DeclanK  Lombardi takes his time, but he better move on this one soon I’m thinking.

  • LeafsForLife

    I just heard TSN will be the main channel for the Turds. I guess they will have to start showing more hate for the Leafs.

  • Armchair GM

    Great move… let’s say two d-men go down in the playoffs, Ranger and Holzer are next in line… ?

  • 4evrblue

    LeafsForLife is that possible?

  • vinoa

    Armchair GM  Ranger’s been a bit better than Fraser this year. Holzer may have improved from last year.

  • traNsplantEdneWfie

    As opposed to Ranger and Fraser.  So?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    LeafsForLife  Turd Sports Network

  • 4evrblue

    LeafsForLife what I find the most shocking from all of this is I could actually hate TSN more. Didn’t think that was possible lol

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweetshttps://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/429300593237053440
    Bolland says today was a good day. He thought his season was done a month ago but the tendon has responded well. He hopes to be back soon.