On Friday, the Leafs sent defenceman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forwards Cameron Abney and Teemu Hartikainen. The move comes nine days after the club acquired Brandon Kozun in a minor deal with the Los Angeles Kings for Andrew Crescenzi. Also, on Jan. 1 the team sent blueliner John-Michael Liles and the rights to Dennis Robertson to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenceman Tim Gleason.
Dave Bolland (ankle), David Clarkson (elbow), Frazer McLaren (shoulder) and Trevor Smith (hand) are currently listed on the team’s injured reserve but are all nearing a return. According to head coach Randy Carlyle, Bolland will accompany the team on its two-game road trip to Florida next week and has a “50/50” chance of returning to game action prior to the Olympic break.
By trading Fraser, the Leafs went from having approximately $370,000 in cap space to $1.65 million, according to CapGeek.
With Gleason on the roster instead of Liles in the minors, #MapleLeafs needed to trim cap payroll by a little more than $1M.