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Franson happy negotiations didn’t drag into season

Sep 26, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Defenseman Cody Franson might not have gotten everything he wanted, but after signing a one-year, $2 million contract, the former restricted free agent was finally able to practice with his teammates. With two preseason games left on the Maple Leafs schedule, he should be penciled in to play in both of them.

In the end, Franson took less money in exchange for it being a one-year deal. That will set him up for what could potentially be a sizable raise next season as he’ll be eligible for arbitration. It also means that he won’t miss any regular season games, which was obviously a big factor for him.

“With the new setup in the standings, you never know which two points are going to be the most important,” Franson told the Toronto Sun, referring to his return.

Franson is projected to play alongside Mark Fraser. His presence will probably mean that 19-year-old Morgan Rielly will not make the team. The Maple Leafs tight cap situation might also encourage them to trade John-Michael Liles, who consumes roughly $3.88 million in cap space anuually.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Cody says: “…you never know which two points are going to be the most important.”
    Let me help you with that: They ALL are!!! A loss in October is the reason Team X will miss the playoffs by one point! I don’t want anyone on my team who doesn’t understand and believe that games in October are just as important as those in March. And don’t just say it, play like it. Yes, it’s a long season. But it’s not a marathon. I’ve run one of those; just had to run slowly enough and I made it, though I did train well for it. But the NHL season is a series of 82 sprints. Much harder. Ready? Set, go.

    • timsabourin - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      chill

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Why are you THAT irate over a snippet of a quote? Check out the entire quote.

      “I did not want to miss any time. With the new setup in the standings, you never know which two points are going to be the most important. I did not want to be missing any time if I could help it. I’m happy we were able to find a middle ground and get it done.”

      He wanted to sign to make sure he was ready to play in ALL 82 games. Nothing wrong with that. He sounds like a team player who wants to play for Toronto too, so he was willing to take a bit of a pay cut to make it happen

      “At the end of it, you sit back and look at it and realize it is just business. They have a job to do and that’s to try to make everything work. I understand that. This is where I want to be, it is my dream place to play. I am hopeful that it is a long-term deal coming up after this.”

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