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Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Los Angeles Kings’ Matt Frattin, front, skates past Anaheim’s Nick Bonino during the Stadium Series hockey game on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

UND alumni sign NHL free agent deals

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GRAND FORKS — It was an adventure-filled year for Matt Frattin, going from Toronto to Los Angeles to Columbus.

Now, he’ll be going back where his NHL career started.

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Frattin, the former UND star and Hobey Baker Award finalist, was traded from Columbus to Toronto on Tuesday, then promptly signed a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.6 million with the Maple Leafs.

Frattin was traded in exchange for Leafs forward Jerry D’Amigo. The Edmonton product was a restricted free agent whose rights were retained by Columbus via a qualifying offer. So, the Leafs still needed to work out a contract and they did.

“Feels great to be back in the best hockey city,” Frattin said. “Couldn’t be happier.”

Frattin made his NHL debut with the Leafs at the end of the 2010-11 season. He played the next two seasons with the Leafs as well. Last year, he was traded to the Kings before the start of the season, then dealt to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Marian Gaborik at the trading deadline.

Frattin played 40 regular-season games with the Kings. Had he played one more, he would have gotten his name on the Stanley Cup.

For his career, Frattin has played in 126 NHL games and has tallied 17 goals and 35 points.

Greene deal worth $10 million

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Greene re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings just prior to the opening of the NHL’s free agency period.

Capgeek.com has confirmed that Greene’s contract is worth $10 million over four years.

Greene, 31, just completed a five-year deal with the Kings, who won a pair of Stanley Cups during that timeframe, including one in June.

Greene is the alternate captain of the Kings.

Since turning pro in 2005, Greene has signed contracts worth roughly $30 million, including the most recent one, which averages out to $2.5 million per season.

During his NHL career, Greene has played 504 games, registering 13 goals, 69 points and 582 penalty minutes. He’s also played in 79 playoff games, making three trips to the Stanley Cup Final — one with Edmonton and two with Los Angeles.

Malone inks deal with Canes

Frattin’s former UND linemate also was on the move Tuesday.

Brad Malone signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on the opening day of the NHL’s free agency period. Malone’s contract will be worth $1.3 million — $600,000 this upcoming season and $700,000 in 2015-16.

The contract is a one-way deal according to capgeek.com, which means Malone should have a great opportunity to play quite a bit in the NHL this season.

Malone started to cement himself in the NHL at the end of the season, playing in six of seven playoff games for the Colorado Avalanche. During the regular season, he played in 32 games and scored three goals and had five points.

For his career, Malone has played 54 regular-season NHL games with the Avalanche, scoring five goals and tallying nine points.

Chorney to Pittsburgh

Former UND defenseman Taylor Chorney is heading to the Pittsburgh Penguins — the same organization where his father, Marc, played from 1980-84.

Chorney signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pens worth $550,000, according to TSN.

Chorney previously has played for the St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers. He has suited up for 61 NHL games, scoring a goal and adding six assists. The defenseman last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 season.

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Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 11th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2014, he was named one of the top three beat writers in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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