Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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Cody Franson has avoided arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs by signing a one-year deal worth $3.3 million dollars.

Franson, 26, lead the Maple Leafs defence in point production the last 2 seasons with 4g, 25a, 29pts in 45 games in 2012-2013 and 5g, 28a, 33pts in 79 games in 2013-14, most of which came on the power play.

Franson has struggled defensively under former Leafs coach Ron Wilson and again under Randy Carlyle this past season in an increased role; there wasn’t a lot of fight in his camp to go after a higher number, of which he was deserving based on offensive production levels good enough to place him 20th among defencemen in 2012-13 + 2013-14 point scoring.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis was said to have a trade in the works that would have sent Franson to the Montreal Canadiens for Josh Gorges, only for Gorges to block the trade and instead waive his No Trade Clause to play in Buffalo.

This isn’t the first time that the Leafs and Franson have been at odds with contract negotiations; Franson held out of training camp this past season and instead started camp with Ryerson University. Avoiding arbitration, however, is a positive as far as the relationship goes if the Leafs opt to hold onto Franson. This contract does bridge him into unrestricted free agency on July 1, 2015, when he’ll finally be able to get the term and dollars he’s been waiting for.

There has been a lot of talk of a sign and trade with Franson and this reasonable price makes the 6’5, 215lbs defenceman a valuable trade asset with Toronto’s right side defence full with Dion Phaneuf and new additions Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak taking up places.

There have been rumours that the New York Islanders would be interested in acquiring Franson with Josh Bailey being the forward coming back the other way.

1094 comments
hometeem
hometeem

question for yas regarding rfas, when avs exhaust their club elected arb this year and ror gets his 1 yr deal what happens next year if ror doesnt elect arb. straight to ufa?

Cameron19
Cameron19

Another top 5:

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1. Solitaire

2. Vesper

3. XXX

4. Teresa Di Vicenzo

5. Honey Ryder

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Honorable mention to Xenia Onatopp

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

I think hes overpaid. But thats imo of course.


I am curious, is Bailey a forward or defenceman? And can anyone give me an indication of what type of player he is please?

Cameron19
Cameron19

Top 5 Bond movies, and...go!

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@wiski Funniest joke and delivery I've ever heard. I watch this about once every couple months. Conan's reactions are great too.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@Cameron19 I don't know how people can remember this type of stuff. I did a bond Marathon last year so it should be relatively fresh but all the movies just gel together and I couldn't tell you which one was which without looking them up.

docmma
docmma

@Cameron19 You only Live Twice, Goldfinger, Dr.No, Casino Royale, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

DJGLENN22
DJGLENN22

@Cameron19 for your eyes only,Live and let die,Dr.No,Goldfinger, and From Russia with love


Cameron19
Cameron19

@docmma @Cameron19 I can't watch 'You Only Live Twice" seriously since Austin Powers came out. On Her Majesty's Secret Service definitely cracks my top 5 though.

docmma
docmma

@Cameron19 @docmma I watched You only live Twice" probably 300 times as a kid.. it is thee bond movie for me.. no better evil villain, and the "Goood Bye Mr. Bond" has to be one of the best set-ups.. The Austin Powers thing doesn't phase me, as for me it honours the best villain in the series. But I can see how some people could be bothered by it.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Komas Taberle @DJGLENN22 @Cameron19

Anything with Sean Connory is great, imo.  I also like Daniel Craig in the role (wasn't impressed with Brosnan or Roger Moore).  There's rumors of Idres Elba taking over the roll (which intrigues me as I think he's a fine actor).

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Cameron19 @Tim Horton He got 4, but yea, he felt he should have had at least one more. His movies were grossing like crazy at the box office. But his last one was an absolute disaster, and he was starting to show his age. The producers were getting worried that they were going to repeat the mistakes they made with Moore, where the series got campy, and their actor looked wildly inappropriate for the role.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@docmma @Cameron19 The best of each Bond for me:

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Connery: From Russian With Love, Goldfinger

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Moore: Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only

(Honorable mention to The Spy Who Loved Me)

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Brosnan: Goldeneye

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Craig: Casino Royale, Skyfall

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And of the three additional movies, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the best.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Cameron19 @Komas Taberle @DJGLENN22 Well, he's definitely doing the next one, and I believe he's trying to get out from doing a 5th, but will likely be forced to. Don't know why he has such a hard time with being Bond all of a sudden. He's pretty lucky to be playing the character in an age where the movies are being taken a lot more seriously. Casino Royale and Skyfall were both very good movies.