The New Jersey Devils avoided arbitration with defensemen Mark Fraser, as they signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract Wednesday. According to The (Bergen) Record, the one-way contract will pay Fraser $500,000.
Fraser, 23, had 3 goals, 3 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 61 games for the Devils last season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Ottawa native also appeared in one postseason contest and was held scoreless.
Selected in the third round (No. 84) by New Jersey in the 2005 Entry Draft, Fraser is 3-3-6 with 43 penalty minutes in 68 NHL games.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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