Mar 6, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (45) warms up before playing against the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Senators 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fraser will file for salary arbitration with Leafs

According to TSN analyst, Aaron Ward, Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Mark Fraser will file for salary arbitration.

Fraser, 26, completed his first full season with the Maple Leafs and is now an unrestricted free agent.

In 45 games with the Leafs this season, Fraser had 8 assists, 85 penalty minutes and held an impressive plus-18 rating.

About a week ago, the Leafs submitted a qualifying offer to retain Fraser’s rights as a restricted free agent, but he rejected it as he’s looking for a one-way contract, and not a two-way.

So, by filing for salary arbitration, Fraser’s representatives hope to force the Leafs into negotiating a one-way deal, which Fraser does indeed deserve.

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  • old hockey fan

    As much as I appreciated what Fraser brought to the game, The Leafs have a number of defense prospects that are ready for a real look.

    • Scott

      This is true, but most of those defense prospects are offensive defensemen. Fraser brings the defensive, clear-the-front-of-the-net side of the game that the Leafs are sorely lacking.

      • Stan Smith

        I would think that Fraser would be just as deserving to similar contracts that Orr & McLaren signed. He can fight and hit but play better quality minutes then either of them.

        • old hockey fan

          I certainly agree with that comment Stan, Fraser can put in more quality minutes of hockey than either Orr or McLaren.

        • Zee Executioner

          True. Nonis needs to resolve this ASAP.