When the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs completed the nine-player trade on Tuesday, part of the agreement was to keep Matt Frattin with the AHL’s Marlies.
Frattin, who has nine goals and 13 assists in 47 games with the Marlies, continues to practice with the AHL club in preparation for this weekend’s games against the St. John’s IceCaps.
“I think that was a deal that they struck together, Toronto and Ottawa,” Frattin’s agent Allain Roy told me. “He got traded at the NHL level, and then Ottawa just re-assigned him to the Marlies instead of Binghamton. He’s basically on loan to the Marlies.
“I think Bingo is pretty much out of the playoffs so that was slightly the complication that happened.”
Frattin is in the final year of his two-year, $1.6 million contract, which makes him an unrestricted free agent after this season.
So who pays the 28-year-old’s contract while he’s on loan?
“Nobody kept any money in the deal so now the contract fully transfers to Ottawa,” Roy said. “Hopefully he gets a call up at some point so then he can prove he can play up top, but if not, he’s a free agent this summer.”
There is no truth the rumor that Frattin has wording in his contract, which keeps him in Toronto so long as he's in the AHL Roy confirmed.
Roy also represents Colin Greening, who went to the Leafs from the Senators in the deal.
The trade was a long time coming for the 29-year-old.
“He’s excited to get a chance,” Roy said. “He needed a change of scenery, it’s sad that that happens in the game, but it does and now he gets a new life and gets to prove he can play in the NHL again.”
The Senators had been trying to move Greening for over a year.
The six-foot-two, 212-pound forward spent much of this season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators where he scored seven goals and 13 assists in 41 games.
“It was a long time coming,” said Roy. “He was almost shocked when it happened. Sometimes you get in those situations and it takes forever. It starts looking like ‘Oh my god, he may be stuck there for the rest of his contract’. I think it worked out the best for everybody.”
Greening is expected to make his Leafs debut on Thursday night in Edmonton on a line with Mark Arcobello and P.A. Parenteau per TSN’s Mark Masters.