NHL Canadian Corner – July 31, 2013.

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.

Kevin Bieksa is looking forward to playing for John Tortorella this season.

Kevin Bieksa is looking forward to playing for John Tortorella this season.

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.


  1. Whats the over under on minutes in to the first when McLearen drops the mits with Parros? Welcome to the new Atlantic division George. And what are the chances of seeing Prust Orr and Moen Clarkson all go the same night , with Fraser still there waiting in reserve….omg I cant wait lol This is going to be a great series all year long. Not just as a Leaf fan

  2. Wasn’t it Bieksa that said the team doesn’t need policing in the clubhou…err…dressing room? Sounds like the party is over! Can’t wait to see Torts light a fire under their rears.