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Kings place Colin Fraser on waivers

Feb 8, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Colin Fraser #24 of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on November 12, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings are done with their pre-Olympic schedule, but it looks like Colin Fraser might not get a break. The 29-year-old forward was placed on waivers today, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

There’s a couple reasons why Los Angeles might have done that. The Kings, like many teams, are close to the cap ceiling and players will continue to collect paychecks during the break. If they stash Fraser in the minors while they’re not playing anyways, it would save them a bit cap space going into the trade deadline.

That incidentally, might have also been why the trade market was awfully quiet before the Olympic break roster freeze.

This move would also provide Fraser with the opportunity to continue to play during the Olympics.

While waiver-exempt players have a lot of conditions placed on their AHL-eligibility during the break, those rules don’t apply to veterans that are subjected to waivers, as the Globe and Mail noted. Of course, the Kings are also running the risk that someone might grab Fraser. He’s a bottom-six forward, but he’s also got a fair amount of playoff experience and has won the Stanley Cup twice.

He comes with a $825,000 annual cap hit and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. qauzaq - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I hope no one grabs him. I know a lot of Kings fans don’t like him but I always thought he played his 4th line center role extremely well.

  2. blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM


    Though he doesn’t get the attention like so many of our superstars do (ie: Doughty, Quick, Brown, Carter, Kopitar, etc), Colin Fraser is nonetheless an ‘integral’ part of our Stanley Cup Championship team. His selfless efforts, along with those from other hard-working 3rd and 4th liners, are very much a part of the reason why we ‘smashed’ teams like the Canucks, Blues and Devils two years ago. Anyway, I’m sure Dean knows what he’s doing here and so there’s likely nothing to worry about.

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jhaegs - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Brown, “superstar”??? Barret Jackman has 2pts less than him this year…

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        Jhag – friend, don’t let the numbers fool you … amassing personal points is but one of a ‘true’ Captain’s many functions (ie: just have a look at the Capitals for evidence of that) … the bottom line is that Dustin Brown’s leadership of our team is ‘priceless’ in every conceivable way … and that’s so, whether you’re talking about his ‘unwavering’ leadership by example, his ‘ruthless’ dealings with many of the leagues thugs, or his ‘unyielding’ support for fellow teammate and cause … nonetheless, the scoring business is a concern, however I have a feeling that we might just see Brown go ‘berserk’ in this regard after the resumption of play ?

      • c9castine - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        too many people judging brown by the wrong things. he’s having a bad production year, and not a great one altogether, but Brown was never a scorer. 20 goal guy sure but he never had big production.

        basically he’s the opposite of Ovechkin. doesn’t score a ton but does a lot of other things well.

    • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      yes his training while with the BLACKHAWKS did him well !

      • easez1 - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        Actually, the Hawks didn’t use him and he found his stride in Daryl’s approach of playing heavy, which is arguably his best attribute and a bottom six staple on the Kings.

  3. areaman714 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    A Lego piece . . . there are plenty more . . .

    • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      and you sir are flotsam !

  4. itswhereyourmindsat - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Thank god. No point in having someone that does absolutely nothing. Although he’s not the only one on the kings that doesn’t do anything

    • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Well at least we have minds !

      listen itswhereyourmindsat … in addition to the fact that your handle is a ‘blatant’ oxymoron, you my friend are obviously an infidel ‘not’ a real LA Kings fan … Colin Fraser is an ‘excellent’ member of our team … and ‘he’ like everyone else on our 3rd and 4th lines are no less essential for us in terms of reclaiming the Cup, than a gearbox is essential on Kurt Busch’s car if he aims to win the Daytona 500 !

      GO FRASER !!!


      • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        again, COLINS time with the BLACKHAWKS, taught him how to be a winner .

  5. bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Kings are desperate for cap space so fraser takes the bullets for managements inability to manage the cap

    • Al's Wingman - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Blomfeld domes not understand cap space. He is a 50 something year old male virgin with SFB.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Nor “does” he “understand” “quotations”. My “brain” “hurts” just “trying” to “read” his “writing”

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