Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fraser Traded by Leafs to Oilers: Details

Mark Fraser was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs, as announced on Friday, January 31, to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Cameron Abney and the rights to RFA Teemu Hartikainen.

Fraser, a 27 year-old left-shooting defenseman, had played in 19 games for the Leafs this season, notching one point.  He is a scrappy defender, who was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2005.  While with the Lowell Devils of the AHL in 2008-09, he racked up a hefty 152 penalty minutes in 74 games.

Fraser will give the Oilers a toughness that their coach and management may feel they have been lacking.  He is currently counted as a $600K salary hit against the cap, and will become a restricted free agent after this season.

Cameron Abney is a 22 year-old winger taken in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft by the Oilers.  He has most recently been playing with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, registering 5 points and 64 penalty minutes in 24 contests. Abney is also a tough young player who will certainly not avoid a scrap.  Abney's contract carries a cap hit of $588,333 for 2013-14 after which he becomes an RFA.

Teemu Hartikainen is a 23 year-old Finnish-born winger, selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008 draft.  He has seen 52 regular season games with Edmonton, picking up 13 points.  Currently, he is in the KHL, playing for Ufa Salavat Yulayev where he has registered 27 points in 43 games.  You can see a bit of Hartikainen's time with the Oilers here.


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