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Fraser reflects on winning with Blackhawks, trade to Kings

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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.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Blackhawks handle Kirby Dach's future?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Blackhawks handle Kirby Dach's future?

Should Kirby Dach see more ice time? What should the Blackhawks do with Erik Gustafsson? Has Robin Lehner separated himself in the goalie tandem?

Patrick Sharp and Charlie Roumeliotis join Pat Boyle to discuss that and much more on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast. Plus, you'll hear Robin Lehner's postgame comments after the loss to the Golden Knights and why he thinks the Blackhawks are "really close" to putting it all together.

1:08 - Blackhawks come up with best defensive effort of the season

2:52 - Changes made to the power play units

4:14 - Evaluating Erik Gustafsson's play so far

6:04 - Who fills in after the Connor Murphy injury

7:49 - Patrick Sharp remembers Patrick Kane rookie season

9:08 - What does the future hold for Kirby Dach?

12:04 - Struggles of the Blackhawks' top-six

14:44 - Another strong performance by Robin Lehner

16:33 - Lehner's strong post-game comments after Vegas loss

20:07 - How to handle the goalie-split going forward

23:25 - Biggest thing the Blackhawks need to improve upon

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Blackhawks expected to be without Connor Murphy (groin injury) for 'a couple weeks'

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Blackhawks expected to be without Connor Murphy (groin injury) for 'a couple weeks'

The Blackhawks are expected to be without defenseman Connor Murphy for "a couple weeks" after he left in the second period of Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights because of a groin injury, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after the game.

It's the same injury that sidelined Murphy for the season opener in Prague, which is unfortunate given his promotion to the top pairing with Duncan Keith has provided some stability on all three pairings. 

"Obviously that's a blow for us," Colliton said. "It's an opportunity for other guys. We think we need to continue to build depth. That's what we're going to need. We can't just play with six D or seven D all year. You're going to need more than that. That'll be an opportunity for other guys to grow."

Slater Koekkoek is serving as the seventh defenseman right now and he's the likely candidate to slide into Murphy's spot in the lineup. But the Blackhawks might be inclined to make a call-up from Rockford as insurance.

Dennis Gilbert started the season with the Blackhawks because Murphy and Calvin de Haan were not cleared to play overseas, so he's a potential candidate to be brought back up.

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