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Maple Leafs agree to terms with Fraser

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The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Mark Fraser, with CBC reporting it to be worth $1.275 million.

Fraser, 26, and the Maple Leafs avoid arbitration with the agreement.

"I think both sides were happy that we didn't end up going down that road and we were able to agree with something beforehand," Fraser said, according to TSN. "I wanted to be back at a fair price, but so did they, so I actually look at that as sort of a compliment."

Fraser had eight assists, 85 penalty minutes and a team-best plus-18 ratings in 45 games last season.

"We felt like we had something really good last year and we wanted to maintain that and that was the message this morning as well," Fraser said.

Fraser, who was hit in the head by a puck during the postseason, said he has returned to Toronto for a couple of checkups during the offseason and has been cleared to start training.
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