Defenseman Mark Fraser and Toronto Maple Leafs avoided arbitration hearing by signing on a one-year contract. Deal value is not yet announced officially; however CBC says that Fraser will earn $1.275 million with this deal.
Fraser expecting the fair price to stay with the Maple Leafs, however he received the good offer from the team.
He told TSN that, “I think both sides were happy that we didn’t end up going down that road and we were able to agree with something beforehand, I wanted to be back at a fair price, but so did they, so I actually look at that as sort of a compliment.”
Fraser told, “We felt like we had something really good last year and we wanted to maintain that, and that was the message this morning as well.”
The 26 year-old Fraser was drafted by Devils as third-round pick (No. 84) in the 2005 NHL Draft. In the last season he played 45 games and finished with eight points by eight assists.
During the playoffs against Boston bruins he was injured. He said that he have been to Toronto in summer for the checkups. Also he stated that he is fit now and a month ago he got the call to start training and skating.
Fraser played 143 regular NHL games and notched 16 points (3g-13a), 171 penalty minutes and plus -20 rating.