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Report: Despite trade offers, Leafs want to keep Franson

Jun 19, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs received some trade offers for pending free agent defenseman Cody Franson, but the deals haven’t been strong enough to pry him away. With that in mind, the team would prefer to re-sign him, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

It appears that Franson, 26, will be a restricted free agent. (He turns 27 on August 8.)

The offensive defenseman experienced a 2013-14 season that’s likely to produce some scorn from certain circles, although it gets trickier when you consider his work when compared to his teammates.

First, the things that aren’t up to debate: Franson set new career-highs in assists (28), points (33) and average time on ice (20:42) last season. He also finished with the worst plus/minus (-20) of his career, which will draw that aforementioned scorn.

That being said, the Maple Leafs were a team that drew serious criticism from the “advanced stats” community, so some will wonder if his shakier numbers come down to the system more than the player. His possession stats leave a lot to be desired, yet Toronto seemed to perform relatively better when he was on the ice than when he was not.

Chances are that other teams will weigh the -20 rating and 33 points and give him a mixed review, which might be fair enough. In other words, the Maple Leafs might be correct in believing that he’s worth more to them than anyone else at this point.

Negotiations could take a while considering his debatable value, but the good news is that it’s unlikely either side will get sued in the process.

  1. chunkyschoice - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Leafs leaking these non-stories to try and increase his trade value perhaps?

    • dueman - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Because it’s totally impossible that any team would be interested in a Leaf player, right….

      • chunkyschoice - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Ha. Well maybe Gardiner or Rielly or Phaneuf have value among leafs’ defencemen. And hey – at least Nonis was smart enough not to give specifics, unlike Ottawa who leaked the rumour that Calgary wanted Spezza to try and increase his value. The vagueness of this leak means nobody has to deny it.

      • dueman - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Conspiracy theory much? Ottawa doesn’t have to do anything to increase Spezza’s value. I think that his career point per game stat speaks well enough for him….

      • chunkyschoice - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Dude requested a trade, and only to certain teams. That totally decreases his value, and Murray even said the same thing. By making it look like he has several trade offers, it puts pressure on interested teams to up the ante. Why do YOU think these stories get leaked?

      • dueman - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        Umm, Spezza has a modified no trade clause, which is a VERY NORMAL thing in hockey. In his contract (like many other players have) he could name 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be traded to. The Senators gave him that trade clause! That still leaves 20 other teams that they can trade him to. This will NOT decrease his value, or his ability to be traded as pretty much every team in the league could use a guy like Spezza. He is a true number one center….these guys don’t grow on trees.

        As far as the Calgary rumour goes, that was not a leak, but rather Bruce Garrioch writing his usual nonsense, trying to sell papers for the Sun. If you believe anything that is written in the Sun is anything other than fantasy than you are just lost…

        And as for what Murray said…He’s probably just being honest about the 2 serious offers that he has. He doesn’t have to use the media to negotiate when he’s the guy that is doing the negotiating. He simply talks to the other GM’s himself. Also, he never said that Spezza’s value is decreased. What he said was that when you trade a player like Spezza (or any other star player) you never get full value….very big difference!

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Anything you hear Leafs related rumors… if anywhere in the story says ” according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.” then you know there’s a 99% chance the story is complete BS.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM


  2. dueman - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Cody does make his fair share of defensive mistakes, but in his defense, he was constantly having to play with different partners all season. He did well when he was paired with Mark Fraser for the whole season previous. I think if they pair him with a decent stay-at-home defenseman to help him out, his play should improve greatly. Right now Toronto has too many offensive defencemen so someone has to be moved, but I think that Cody’s shot makes him well worth keeping.

    • acrobaticgoalie - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Yes but his D partners have nothing to do with him giving the puck away every night and not being a fast enough skater to get back. I don’t care how many points he puts up on the pp, he is not worth keeping, especially since he wants around the 4-5 million mark. I think some of the marlies are better replacements to play solid defence. Grannberg and Macwilliam are looking good. Percy is looking good but will probably need another year and Finn is very promising but will likely need a year on the marlies

  3. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Keep Franson, Trade Phaneuf.

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