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Report: Fraser will file for arbitration with Leafs

Jul 7, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser will file for salary arbitration, according to TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward, who cited sources in a tweet Sunday.

Fraser, 26, completed his first season with the Maple Leafs. He’s now a restricted free agent, after completing his one-year contract with the Leafs, worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

In 45 regular season games with Toronto in 2013, Fraser had eight assists and 85 penalty minutes. He was also had an impressive plus-18 rating.

In the first-round playoff series between the Leafs and Bruins, Fraser suffered what he called a “frontal skull fracture,” as per the National Post, after taking a puck to the face from Milan Lucic.

Fraser appeared in four playoff games for Toronto, with one assist.

  1. 19to77 - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Pay the man. He was a responsible, effective own-zone D throughout the year.

    • jinx21fan - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Pay him what? 2M? 1.5M? He made 600K last year and earned it. Anything over 1M is a total waste. He was horrible against Boston, exposed. I like him though, tough and somewhat, somewhat responsible. But you say “pay the man” but have no frigging clue what the “man” is asking for. We all agree he was servicable at 600K … so you tell me what well should “pay the man” to keep him.

      • dueman - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        I totally agree with you. The comments on the TSN site are the same thing. Everyone is blindly saying give the guy what he wants, without knowing what he wants? For all anybody knows, his agent might be asking for 3-4 million or something stupid like that. I’ll reserve my judgement until I at least find out what he wants….

      • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Fair enough. I’d give him $1.5m at least. He’s not cut out to take on top-line scorers, that much is obvious, but he’s decent in his own zone on a team that often lacks good defensive judgement (see Phaneuf, Dion), and brings a solid physical game to a team that aims to be tough to play against in that respect. All in all he’s a good cog in their system and they should be prepared to at least go to $1.5m, up to considering $2m if the alternative is losing him. Their D is fairly thin even with him, let alone without. Wouldn’t go higher, though, even for his intangibles.

        Anyway, I get the knocks against his ability to handle high-skill players. What would you peg his value at?

      • dueman - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:54 AM

        Don’t get me wrong, I think that he did a decent job last year. He and Franson made a good team. What bothers me is this seems to be his m.o. This is the third time that he has filed for arbitration, and I think that this is why he keeps getting moved from team to team. I was figuring the Leafs would offer him 2-3 years @ $1.2-1.5 mil but an arbitrator usually gives the player more than they are worth. If that happens, then I’m thinking that the Leafs will let him walk and fill the void internally. Holzer, Ranger, Brennen, and Blacker are all capable of making the jump I think, or they could take a look at Percy, Finn, or Rielly as well. Toronto is definitely not lacking in young defense men. I do hope that he signs at a reasonable rate though because I do think his added toughness is a benefit.

      • withseidelinn - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I’d say he is worth 1.5 at most. Good character guy and he was a great bargain last year at $600k for what he did like everyone is saying. I think they need to focus more on Franson who could be demanding $3-4 million and Kadri who could be asking for $4mil plus. Fraser may be the odd man out depending on what he wants and what the other two guy want as well.

    • jinx21fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Don’t get me wrong, I like the toughness he adds to the lineup. I like him as a 5-6 D-man. If He wants more than 1.25M I no longer like him.

      • jinx21fan - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        Having said that, he doesn’t deserve to double his salary. One million tops

      • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        $1.25M(US) is exactly the highest I’d consider fair for him, $975K is also a good number.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Agreed , he’s a solid d-man

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