Fraser reflects on winning with Blackhawks, trade to Kings


Fraser reflects on winning with Blackhawks, trade to Kings

Former Blackhawks center Colin Fraser underwent a trade he never saw coming when he was dealt to the Kings. He's since blogged about the experience, what it's like playing in Los Angeles, and the excitement of being only one game away from winning the Stanley Cup--again.

Fraser was traded to Edmonton by the Blackhawks after the 2010 season. He played 67 games with his new team, recording three goals and two assists.

At the end of the 2011 season, the Oilers were prepared to complete a trade between Ryan Smyth and Gilbert Brule, but the deal never worked out. So instead, Fraser was thrown into the mix.

"The day I was traded I called my dad and I said, 'I was traded to the Kings.' He asked me how I felt and I said, 'Good, because we have a chance to win.'They had just traded for Mike Richards. They had a good roster. Playing against them in previous years, I knew they were a good team."

But a foot injury ailed him from the start. Fraser was deemed 'unable to play' by Los Angeles' medical staff and he was recommended surgery. After undergoing an operation and getting back on the ice Day 1 of training camp, Fraser made a full recovery and earned a spot on the Kings' roster.

Now the Kings are one game away from winning the Cup for the first time in their 45-year history. Fraser remembers going through these same feelings in Chicago.

"I was with the Chicago Blackhawks when we won the Stanley Cup in 2010, but I wasn't playing during the Cup Final. I was watching Game 6 with Adam Burish, Bryan Bickell, and a few of the other extra guys," Fraser said. "When we were leading in the third period, we went down to the dressing room to put our gear on and Philly ended up tying the game late in the third.

"Then we were watching the overtime in the dressing room, and when we won we just ran straight out onto the ice to celebrate. We all had our moment and got to hoist the Cup and skate around with it. It was crazy. It was one of those moments that you grow up dreaming about."

Los Angeles is still dreaming about that moment. Fraser and the rest of his teammates will be battling for that experience on Saturday night in Game 5.

Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

Bears make it official, announce signing of quarterback Mark Sanchez

The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.

In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.

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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.

Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Kendall Graveman

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