Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen

Mark Fraser traded for Cam Abney, Teemu Hartikainen

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.

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…

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383 comments
mlclearwater
mlclearwater

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!

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

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

17Forever
17Forever

Alec is right ( bet all my monies ) unless Smith can be sent down. Mclaren is getting waived, and will make it by. 

Guesty_McGuest
Guesty_McGuest

And for a good laugh - going into the break the turds play: Us, Pens, Blues, Sabres, Bruins... Ouch

Guesty_McGuest
Guesty_McGuest

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.

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

Whats old uncle Dave up to there in his office. I like McKegg

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@ingy56 When are they going to drop "Interim"? No way they replace him right now.

loomx
loomx

@ingy56  Didn't Holland miss practice? JVR too?

ingy56
ingy56

@hoolihan  Just trade deadline info. Not necessarily Leaf related. 

ingy56
ingy56

@DJBrianBurke @ingy56  Yeah, surprised Murray didn't make that move yet but I guess he's still evaluating the organization. 

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy  his toe drag shot last night was ridiculous. Looks like your watching the game in fast forward when he has the puck. And he's not going to be a small guy either, will be very capable defensively. Will be our best d since Salming and i dont overhype our players often

ingy56
ingy56

@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy  The story of him meeting his team bus at all hours of the morning when they returned from a road trip tells you all you need to know about this kid. 

mlclearwater
mlclearwater

@MikeGartner11 @mlclearwater  Never know with him. If he trades Kadri i will knock his pudgy as over. Send Holland down, dont lose Bodie in waivers, ashton is a beaut so either way im happy. McLaren needs to get going somewhere and fast. Call burke

ingy56
ingy56

@loomx @ingy56  Holland has a skate lace cut on his foot and JVR is nursing a minor injury. 

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@17Forever @hoolihan Yes, that's right. There's a limit on call ups after the deadline. But are the waiver rules for making claims over at that point?

ingy56
ingy56

@Guesty_McGuest @loomx @ingy56  About missing practice? It was out here on Twitter, most MSM sources reported on Holland's "injury" and JVR resting a minor injury. Ashton missed practice too but skated with Barb Underhill after. 

loomx
loomx

@ingy56  Whether it's a JVR injury or Holland or Ashton.

loomx
loomx

@Guesty_McGuest @loomx @ingy56  Just a guess but also the most plausible answer. A trade wouldn't make much sense.

loomx
loomx

@ingy56 @loomx  JVR will probably miss tomorrow's game. Lupul took his spot in practice instead of Smith.

17Forever
17Forever

@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