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.