Mark Fraser lands in Edmonton, three weeks after trade

Mark Fraser #5 of the Edmonton Oilers shares a laugh with officials during a break in the game...

Mark Fraser #5 of the Edmonton Oilers shares a laugh with officials during a break in the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on February 3, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Sean Rudyk/Getty Images/AFP)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

Mark Fraser certainly took the long way to Edmonton.

But four games and 18 days after being traded to the Oilers, the newest defenceman finally arrived in town.

“It was a little weird, but given the way the schedule worked out, that’s what happened,” grinned the former Toronto Maple Leaf, who joined the Oilers Jan. 31, on their long eastern road trip, stayed out east for the Olympic break and then rolled into Edmonton on Tuesday.

“I’m alone, so they’ve got me in a hotel and I’m learning something new about the city every day.

“But I’ve kind of have to Google Map on my phone where I’m going all the time. Even though I’ve been here a few times (on visiting teams) I can’t really remember how to get (to the rink).”

He might need a little help with his directions, but the Oilers are 2-1-1 since he arrived, and 5-1-1 in their last seven, so there’s nothing wrong with his timing.

“They had a couple of wins, a couple of good performances.


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