After Colton Orr re-upped with the team a few weeks ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed the other enforcer as Frazer McLaren has signed a two-year deal with approximately $700,000 a season.
Frazer McLaren was picked up off of waivers last season from San Jose after playing 40 combined games there over 4 seasons. McLaren, a Winnipeg native, played in 35 games for the Maple Leafs in the lockout shortened season where he was played almost exclusively on the fourth line with face-punching friend Colton Orr. In 35 games, McLaren posted 5 points including a career high 3 goals. McLaren also racked up 102 penalty minutes which ranked second on the team (behind, of course, Colton Orr).
It seems surprising that both McLaren and Orr returned to the Maple Leafs, especially on multi-year contracts. It’s expected that, unless something changes, both enforcers will continue to be together in the lineup on either side of penalty killing ace Jay McClement. It would be ideal if only one of them had to play because many believe there is no reason to have two players of their ilk in the lineup at the same time. If that was the case, McLaren would probably be the better player as he is more skilled than Colton Orr and does a little more than just face-punch.
Also, it is surprising that the Maple Leafs decided to buyout Mikhail Grabovski and letting Clarke MacArthur go but brought back both McLaren and Orr.
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