The Toronto Maple Leafs have made another small deal. The Leafs have sent defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers. In return, the Leafs get forward prospects Cameron Abney and Teemu Hartikainen.
This is mostly just a deal to help the Oilers defense get tougher. The Leafs are getting two prospects, one of which is definitely a long shot to make the NHL in Abney. Hartikainen is an interesting pickup as he is currently playing in the KHL, but has an out-clause in his deal.
This also gives Fraser the chance to be an everyday NHLer again. He is also reunited with former Toronto Marlie coach Dallas Eakins, now coach of the Oilers.
On top of that, Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle said that it was likely that more moves are on the way, specifically before the Olympic break. Since the Leafs will have more than a few players coming off injury reserve, they need to make room. It seems we might see a bigger deal get made in the not too distant future.
One of the names that could be moves is Nikolai Kulemin. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, if the Leafs feel they can’t sign him to an extension, they will definitely look to trade him. Right now, according to Darren Dreger, they aren’t shopping Kulemin, but he is involved in talks.
It could a more than interesting week leading up to the Olympics for Maple Leafs fans.