Maple Leafs trade D Mark Fraser to Oilers

Mark Fraser during a Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in...

Mark Fraser during a Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto, Ont on Thursday November 7, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

TORONTO - Mark Fraser’s exile is through.

Pushed to the fringes of the Leaf lineup in favour of newcomer Tim Gleason and youngsters Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, Toronto dealt the defenceman to the Edmonton Oilers Friday morning for farmhands Cam Abney and Teemu Hartikainen.

Fraser, 27, rejoins his old minor coach Dallas Eakins and teammates including Ben Scrivens as the Oilers contunue forming a Marlies West alumni. Fraser’s advancement with the Leafs came in the lockout shortened season when he had an effective partnership with Cody Franson. But a gruesome head injury when a Milan Lucic shot fractured his skull in the playoff series with Boston was a setback from which he never really recovered. Fraser had not played 19 games, but none since Jan. 9 and only once since Dec. 12.


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