The Leafs re-sign Mark Fraser, plus the latest on Kevin Bieksa, George Parros, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and more.
TORONTO SUN: The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration yesterday with defenseman Mark Fraser, signing him to a one-year, $1.275 million contract. Fraser, meanwhile, cast doubt upon an x-ray picture purported to show part of his skull crushed by a Milan Lucic slapshot which made the rounds via social media.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fraser’s injury was gruesome enough. As for his new contract, it’s raised questions over how it could impact the re-signings of Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri. I’ll have more later this morning in my “Rumors” section.
TORONTO SUN: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa doubts the Cory Schneider trade will bring an end to the goalie controversy which has dogged the team in recent years. He’s also looking forward to playing for new head coach John Tortorella.
LA PRESSE: New Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros hopes to be the missing piece of the puzzle. Parros also dismissed claims by former Habs enforcer Georges Laraque he’s not good enough to fulfill that role for the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parros is among the most respected enforcers in the NHL. As long as he avoids injury and is capable of playing fourth line minutes, he’ll have little difficulty filling that role for the Habs.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Playoff hero Jean-Gabriel Pageau hopes to fill a bigger role with the Senators this coming season.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are finding their rebuild is a selling point for young players.