It’s been a tough year for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but that didn’t stop them from signing two stars on Friday.
The Leafs announced that winger James van Riemsdyk has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans, while defenceman Mark Fraser has been sent to the Lake Erie Monsters.
“James van Riemsyk is a proven NHL player who brings experience and leadership,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a release.
“We are thrilled that Mark Fraser will be returning to the Monsters where he played for three seasons.
We also welcome the addition of veteran defenseman Brendan Gaunce, who spent the last three seasons with the Erie Otters.”
Fraser is the third Maple Leafs player to be assigned to Rochester this season.
Defenceman Anthony Cirelli was sent to Lake Erie, while goaltender James Reimer was sent back to the AHL’s Lake Erie.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Lake Ontario Monsters,” Fraser said in the release.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me to get some experience, and I’ve always had a good relationship with coach [Rick] Wilson, and his staff, and he’s obviously a big part of what we’ve done in the past,” Fraser added.
“Hopefully I can help them and help them win.
The goal is to help the team win, so I’m really looking forward to that.”