Frattin traded to Columbus

Former UND All-American Matt Frattin has been traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jackets acquired Frattin in exchange for Marian Gaborik as part of an NHL trading deadline deal.

Frattin never really got things going with the Kings, where he played in 40 games, scoring two goals and tallying six points. He was in-and-out of the lineup at the end of his tenure there.

Frattin was originally picked up by the Kings in the Jonathan Bernier trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Seven UND players named in AJHL’s top 50

The AJHL named its top 50 players of all-time on Sunday night and seven former UND players are on the list.

Two of them are from the most recent decade — Matt Frattin and Corban Knight.

Other UND members on the list are Gary Valk, Dixon Ward, Troy Murray, Perry Berezan and Rick Zaparniuk. Five of the seven of the UND players to make the list have played in the NHL. Only Zaparniuk and Knight have not — and Knight’s probably not far away.

See the full list on the AJHL site here.

Frattin and Knight, both Hobey Baker Award finalists at UND, played in the AJHL during the 2004-13 era. Valk and Ward are from the 1984-93 era. Murray and Berezan were from the 1974-83 era. Zaparniuk played in the AJHL in the late 1970s.

Frattin traded to Kings

Matt Frattin is headed to Hollywood.

The former Hobey Bakey finalist from UND was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday along with former Cornell goalie Ben Scrivens. The Leafs received goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Frattin has played part of three seasons with the Leafs, tallying 15 goals in 82 games. The Edmonton native has one year left on his contract and is scheduled to be paid $950,000. It is a one-way deal.

The Kings had ample opportunity to watch Frattin play during his college years as Frattin was teammates with Brett Hextall for three years. Brett’s father, Ron, is the assistant general manager of the Kings.

It was also believed that former Leafs GM Brian Burke was unwilling to part with Frattin in trade talks. Now that Burke is gone, Frattin has been moved.

In Los Angeles, Frattin will become a teammate with former UND defenseman and captain Matt Greene. Frattin’s old UND teammate, Derek Forbort, also is a member of the Kings’ organization.

Frattin off to strong start

Matt Frattin got sent down to start the season and missed the first three games. He has played in the last three with the Leafs and is already the team’s leading goal scorer and is one point shy of leading the team in overall scoring.

He got there thanks to his two-goal performance Tuesday night, which included his overtime winner with less than two seconds remaining. The video is below.

Frattin out for four months

Matt Frattin scored his AHL playoff-leading 10th goal to clinch the Toronto Marlies’ series victory over Oklahoma City in the semifinals.

But that goal will cost him the next four months.

Frattin suffered a season-ending knee injury that will force him to have surgery. Damien Cox of the Toronto Star reported that the surgery is expected to keep Frattin out for the next four months, which means he will miss training camp.

The Calder Cup Finals between Toronto and the Norfolk Admirals will begin Friday night.

Frattin played most of the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring eight goals and 15 points in 56 games for the Leafs. General manager Brian Burke moved Frattin and Jake Gardiner back to the AHL for the playoff run at the end of the season.

Frattin is a restricted free agent this summer. Look for the Leafs to lock him up, as Burke is a big fan.

Frattin leads Marlies to Calder Cup Finals

Matt Frattin’s Beast Mode has hit the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Frattin scored two goals to give the Toronto Marlies a 3-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup Finals (Chris VandeVelde scored the lone goal for the Barons).

Frattin leads the AHL playoffs in goals with 10, and he was trending on Twitter in all of Canada after his two-goal performance in Game 3.

The Marlies will take on the Norfolk Admirals, who I believe are 39-3 in the last 42 games and big favorites to win the Calder Cup.

But the Maple Leafs put Frattin and Jake Gardiner, who are NHL players, in with the Marlies for the playoff run and they are 11-2 in the playoffs.

Frattin is being talked about as a leading candidate for MVP honors at this point.

Frattin scores first NHL goal

Former Sioux standout Matt Frattin scored his first NHL goal tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Former Denver forward Joe Colborne fed Frattin, who was flying up the right wing. Frattin snapped a shot top shelf on the stick side of Tomas Vokoun.

Interestingly enough, Dillon Simpson’s dad, Craig, was calling the game for CBC and immediately dropped a North Dakota Fighting Sioux reference and talked about how it was a vintage Frattin goal. He would know.

Frattin makes Leafs; Porter on Blues

Hobey Baker finalist Matt Frattin has made the Toronto Maple Leafs and will play on either the first or second line Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs made their final cuts on Monday.

Also of note, former Sioux captain Chris Porter has made the St. Louis Blues out of camp after playing 45 games with the Blues last season.

Former Sioux standout Ryan Johnson will be looking for a spot to catch on. The Detroit Red Wings released him at the end of training camp.

Malone and Gregoire assigned; Frattin still up

We now know where almost all of the members of last season’s Sioux team will start this season.

The Winnipeg Jets sent Jason Gregoire to St. John’s on Sunday.

The Colorado Avalanche sent Brad Malone to Lake Erie (Cleveland) on Sunday (look out Ohio, this means both Malone and Evan Trupp are going to be invading your state).

And all signs are pointing to Matt Frattin being on the opening-day roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There was speculation that he was battling Nazem Kadri for the final spot (or that both could make it). Kadri now is injured and the Leafs are saying that Frattin is “NHL ready.”

Earlier last week, the Minnesota Wild assigned Chay Genoway to Houston and the Phoenix Coyotes assigned Brett Hextall to Portland.

With Brent Davidson in Sweden, Trupp under contract with ECHL Cincinnati and Derrick LaPoint under contract with ECHL Reading (Pa.), the last player’s destination to be determined is Jake Marto.

Marto is on a two-way contract with St. John’s (AHL) and Colorado (ECHL) in Winnipeg’s organization.

Several other Sioux are in NHL camps right now without a contract for the season (to my knowledge), including Ryan Johnson, David Toews, Joe Finley and Corey Fienhage.

Despite being sent down to start the year, keep an eye on transactions throughout the year. There’s a good chance that Gregoire, Malone and Genoway could make it to the show by the end of the season.