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

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TORONTO , ON - JANUARY 30: Nazem Kadri #43, Cody Franson #4 brace of the static electricity shock one feels in dry, cold weather. Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on and celebrates Cody Franson's goal against the Florida Panthers during NHL game action January 30, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Is this mashup/ announcement?

  • mcloki

    Anywhere we are is the mashup Phook. We barely ever stay on topic. LOL

  • mcloki

    Josh Bailey coming back from the Islanders? How the hell is Josh Bailiey?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Josh Bailey?  yuck

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook Analysis and opinion pieces are on topic, everything else, unless otherwise noted, is good to go. We feature a comment saying go to *this page* if it’s needed.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Josh Bailey is an ok player.  But I would prefer to see picks come back at this point.

    Leivo and Frattin can fill any spot Bailey can.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe Franson isn’t worth anything. Josh Gorges is a bad hockey player and that’s who they were going to trade him for. He’s just a power play specialist at this stage.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook Prefer a young hockey player that can play hockey vs a pick that has a very high probability of never playing an NHL game.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Yes, and bringing back a mediocre roster player just contradicts Shanny’s talk of keeping spots for aspiring Marlies.  Where would Holland fit in if Bailey comes to the Leafs?

  • mcloki

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Add in a tag or a category to the blog post. I know it’s tougher in the summer when news will be few and far between. Maybe make a menu item called Mashup. And consolidate all the Marlie stuff, schedule, prospects, stats under a drop down menu.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I don’t think 6 foot 5 Right shooting dmen who puts up decent offensive numbers are worthless.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook I see its going to be a battle day.

    We are starting to stack up similar players on the wings.  A shit ton of redundancy.  I like Josh Bailey (only have seen him play the Leafs mind you) however we have enough of his type on this team.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe He’s an excellent defensive forward. Nothing mediocre about Bailey. Bailey is a winger, and Holland is a center, so they have nothing to do with each other.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    I would KEEP Franson over brining in a guy like Bailey.

  • mcloki

    DeclanK MaxwellHowe Dec, He just signed a 3.3 million dollar contract. We’d be lucky to see 3.3 million in a lifetime. He has value.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK NHL.com uses old draft data to show their positions. Winger.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Its like lotto 6/49, you can’t win if you don’t play.  Leafs don’t have a second rounder next year (again)  – and if you take a look over the last 10 years at second round picks, some top notch players – Shea Weber, PK Subban, Patrice Bergeron – are picked up in the 2nd round.  Every year some outstanding players are pciked in the 2nd round

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Its what I thought.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    mcloki DeclanK MaxwellHowe
    His value has already been determined, though. He’s worth Josh Gorges. Nothing too confusing about it.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Bailey is always listed as C.  OK, but then its Ashton left out in the cold.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    MaxwellHowe It most definitely would contradict what Shanny has said about youth battling for spots.

  • Burtonboy

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  • mcloki

    DeclanK mcloki MaxwellHowe Juries out on that one. We’ll see what Franson ultimately is worth. Different teams have different needs. Leafs didn’t need Gunner, because they had a lot of similar players, so they traded him. Leafs needed D like Gorges. Franson, not so much.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe He’s probably taking one of Ashton or Bodie’s spots. Not exactly taking away the next super star’s ice time.

  • MaxwellHowe

    wow.  there actually was a hearing today.  of course it helps when the other guy apprently doesn;t show up

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    mcloki DeclanK MaxwellHowe Gorges is junk

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Burtonboy Didn’t he go to the KHL?

  • mcloki

    DeclanK mcloki MaxwellHowe Can’t say. Don’t know enough about Gorges play to say. Wasn’t there more in the deal?

  • Burtonboy

    ingy56 Burtonboy Yes and the Blues had to go to arb to keep his rights

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Burtonboy ingy56 Ahhhh, I see…thanks.

  • Leafs2 Isles1

    A lot of people not liking Josh Bailey. The guy was the 9th overall pick in 2008. The chance of getting a better pick than that for Franson is highly unlikely. Additionally, he’s been developed and is an NHL player. We’d be giving up a powerplay specialist on D (otherwise a 3rd pairing guy) for a defensive forward who can pop in some points over the year. He can also play center and on the wing, which continues to add our flexibility.

    I really can’t see getting someone better than him with a pick.

  • TheGroobster

    Josh Bailey #12RW | 6’1″, 194 lbs. | NY Islanders Birth Date:October 2, 1989 (24 years old) 
    Place of Birth:Bowmanville, Ont. Shoots:L Experience:6 years
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets:Is a supremely intelligent player with good offensive skills. Can play both center and wing. Can also play sound defense and score some big goals. Owns a projectable frame.
    Flaws:Needs to crank up the intensity, as well as his game-to-game consistency. Tends to pass off in prime scoring areas on occasion. Needs to continue adding more bulk to his 6-1 frame in order to maximize potential.
    Career Potential:Inconsistent but talented forward with upside.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Leafs2 Isles1 Haha.  
    Fuck why is it we all have to love the same players?  Jesus.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    MaxwellHowe
    I don’t disagree that we’re short picks. 
    Next year, we have:
    1st
    3rd
    5th
    6th
    and that’s it.

  • Burtonboy

    There is also the chance Franson has a bounce back yr. We can’t ignore the fact that he and Gards were lights out in the Boston series

  • MaxwellHowe

    Bailey has an AAV of $3.3 million until 2018.  ($3,3 million is a familiar number, no?)  So you can argue he has a good contract or he may be something of a gamble.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jprutherford https://twitter.com/jprutherford/status/491225570248638464
    Sobotka receives a one-year award through arbitration. He will receive $2.725 million for the season in which he returns to the https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Where is this Josh Bailey talk coming from?

  • MaxwellHowe

    WTF is a projectable frame?

  • Yan28

    Burtonboy so, he didn’t get the money he was looking for then. STL offered him 3.

  • Burtonboy

    ingy56 Declan lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    dude, read the post

  • LeafsGuru

    Burtonboy  question is do we go through another signing with franson or does he tell the brass to shove it time to trade him before he walks for free

  • Leafs2 Isles1

    TheCanucksnaphook Leafs2 Isles1 We don’t. I guess my point of view is that picks always seem great the year that they are drafted. But over time they usually fizzle away. Most picks never turn out to be as good as Bailey (as mediocre as he is). 

    As a guffaw…just noted that the Isles might think that he’s expendable because they’ve signed some guy named Kulemin.

  • WendelGilmour

    TheGroobster The last thing we need is another F who has trouble with intensity. Pass.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    MaxwellHowe Guilty as charged:)

  • Leafs2 Isles1

    MaxwellHowe The closest I can come is that he’s got wide shoulders and long arms to go along with his height.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Hey, once Carter bags one goal, they’ll come in torrents.
    Apres une, le deluge

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy I am ignoring it….heard the same last year……he doesn’t fit and needs to be moved along, I won’t be fooled again

  • LeafsGuru

    MaxwellHowe  what about that Kulemin guy? heard he is an ok player lol