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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 and is eligible for unrestricted free agency at season's end.
Hartikainen, 23, is currently playing with Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League where he has scored 13 goals and 14 assists in 43 games.
You could have been Time Gleason last night...
First Colton Orr with a hit on Cody Eakin... Orr received a 10 minute misconduct.
Then about ten minutes of clock-time later, Nazem Kadri and Antoine Rousssel get into it...
Who's next to 'pull the crest'?
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
... around his dressing room stall he stores a humbler collection — specifically a stack of sweat-soaked baseball caps for wear during on-camera media interviews. Occasionally he chooses a cap bearing the logo of his team. Most of the time he opts for one emblazoned with that of a longtime sponsor, Red Bull, the so-called energy drink.
The man who wears the C said in a recent interview that he’s had an endorsement deal with the brand for about eight years. The Leafs’ former CEO figures that’s about long enough.
“For the captain to be wearing that hat — I’m disappointed. You can quote me on that,” said Richard Peddie, who was the top executive at the company that owns the Maple Leafs until his 2012 retirement. “I would look for better from a captain. A captain sets the tone in so many ways, especially in hockey, especially on the Leafs.”
Peddie said Phaneuf should show respect “for the people who pay (him)” by wearing a Maple Leafs cap when he’s speaking for the team.
Buffalo TV showed an overhead replay of the goal and which made it look like the puck never went in the net.
But this view shows the twine on the top of the net bulges, so looks like a good goal to me, which it was.
added 9:21pm, Watch the goal from the overhead below...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Realistically, the Toronto Maple Leafs might have just 14 potential trading partners as the playoff bubble team looks to upgrade for the stretch run.
“There’s a lot of talk now. Because of the Olympic break and the March 5 deadline, there’s starting to be a lot of discussion out there. It's a tricky situation,” Toronto VP and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle told Sportsnet The Fan 590 Wednesday morning. "A lot of teams in your own division, particularly when the standings get this tight, they don't want to deal. It's hard to make a trade with a team that's tied with you or one or two points behind you."
"So you tend to look to the Western Conference, and that cuts out half the teams you're going to be trading for."
Not only are six teams within two standings points of the Leafs, but Toronto is a team already using LTI (Dave Bolland) and is tight up against the salary cap.
One name that repeatedly comes up in Leafs trade speculation is that of centre Nazem Kadri. Loiselle admits that Kadri's chemistry "for one reason or another" with linemate Joffrey Lupul has evaporated.
read on for more rumor talk...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
The Leafs would like to believe that the Markham-born Stamkos may be thinking something along the lines of the way Zach Parise was thinking in the summer of 2012 when he targeted the Minnesota Wild, hardly an NHL powerhouse, as his destination of choice so he co
Of course, Stamkos wouldn't be free for another two summers, which gives Tampa and owner Jeff Vinik loads of time to get him locked down.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at The Score,
Upon closer inspection, it didn't look like van Riemsdyk interfered with Schneider.
"I just think that in that situation, specifically, when you review it on replay, it's hard to take the side of the official," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "I don't know any other way to put it politely."
That the Leafs managed to win 3-2 in a shootout relieved some of the frustration. But had Bozak's goal counted, it could have meant a rare regulation victory for Toronto, which has just two in 26 games dating to Nov. 21.
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