Leafs defenceman Fraser raring to go

Hulking defenceman Mark Fraser, seen here fighting Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadiens, should be...

Hulking defenceman Mark Fraser, seen here fighting Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadiens, should be back in the lineup for Toronto's home game against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

Next to David Clarkson, the Leaf most fired up about playing the New Jersey Devils on Friday is defenceman Mark Fraser.

Not just because he also wore the red and black, but it has been a month since he played. A knee injury sidelined him in the Leafs opening back-to-back road games and though he was ready to go Saturday in Vancouver, six extra days off was thought to be a safer timetable.

“Today was my best day yet,” Fraser declared Wednesday at the MasterCard Centre. “I didn’t have concerns with conditioning or pain. That’s a good green light indication.

“I had Vancouver marked on my calendar, but New Jersey is one I don’t want to miss. The game would be special for me.”

Fraser’s return could be with old partner Cody Franson, meaning rookie Morgan Rielly takes a break. One of Paul Ranger or Jake Gardiner might also sit.

Fraser is also hoping his old Kitchener junior teammate Clarkson has a huge night against the Devils.


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