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Leafs, Franson far apart in arbitration submissions

Jul 19, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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If Cody Franson is going to get a deal done with the Toronto Maple Leafs, both sides may want to avoid having an arbitrator figure it out.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported both sides have made their submissions for what they believe Franson should be paid next season and they’re a bit far apart. Franson asked for $4.2 million while the Leafs believe he should be paid $2 million. That difference of $2.2 million means a hearing could get ugly between both sides.

The trick with arbitration is that a judge can settle things by picking a number in the middle or set the reward for more than what Franson asked for. Since he’s a year away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, Franson can only get a one-year decision. According to CapGeek, the Maple Leafs are currently $11 million under the salary cap.

Last season, Franson had five goals and 33 points in 79 games. He had 29 points during the lockout-shortened 2013 season. The Leafs may want to settle this before it goes to court. Then again, they attempted to deal Franson to the Montreal Canadiens for Josh Gorges only to see Gorges enact his no-trade clause.

  1. j22j - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Please trade him.

  2. dbarnes79 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Yeah they should probably trade him. But I’d they were to sign him I think in the range of 2.8 – 3.0 million is fair.

  3. beergold - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    If you are paying franchise player wages to a Perogie at 8 mill and a Lead Boot at 7 mill might just as well pay a -20 Dman 4.2 mill. Go Leafs go I see a Cup run in the very near future!

    • elrock7 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      beergold you are an idiot. If you don’t like the Leafs don’t troll the Leaf articles. Guys like you really need to get a life

  4. 19to77 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Leafs management has some interesting ideas about the value of players. David Clarkson is worth $5.5m to the same people who value Franson at $2m? Komarov’s 3rd/4th-line contributions are worth $3m, but Kadri is trade bait? No wonder the whole franchise is a punchline.

    • 19to77 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      By the way, not saying Franson’s worth what he’s asking. He really, really isn’t. The point is, they manage contracts like the Oilers – wildly overpaying somebody then acting shocked and trying to play hardball with other players who have raised expectations. It’s like they’re blissfully unaware that players actually do pay attention to their teammates’ contracts. Almost every player on the team can point to Clarkson, say “Well, I do more than he does and look what he makes.” and have a compelling case for a raise just like that. What did they THINK would happen?

      • beergold - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        THINKING or planning for a winning future is not what the Leafs are about. Duping their fans year after year after year and watching the big $$$$$ continue to roll in is where their thinking begins and ends! Leaf fans give… Leaf brass takes… on ice product sucks!

      • elrock7 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        they are 11 mil under the cap dumb-dumb, who is your team by the way?

    • rbbbaron - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      They were also apparently the only team really competing with Ken Holland for Weiss last year. Damn why couldn’t you guys have won that.

  5. quinner17 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I really don’t think the Leafs will ever get their franchise together to be a contender. Not soon anyways

    • beergold - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      You are right – In Leaf Land the ice is poison and self respecting, want to win players do not want to be a part of this team. Top brass don’t me the money!…..imagine you as a decent NHL calibre player sitting in the dressing room…loooking across and seeing Powder Puff and Neon supposedely leading you to the Stanley Cup. At that point it all becomes well turd I am a Leaf I guess I might as well make as much money as possible.

  6. redwingsfan101 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    The wings need to trade for him. He would fit perfectly.

    • rbbbaron - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      The only trade that’d likely be feasible would be to send Smith the other way (a homecoming)

    • rbbbaron - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      and if Alfie returns then they’d likely have to make another trade to clear some cap space so Franson can fit in.

  7. redwingsfan101 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I wouldn’t mind trading smith for franson. Smith and a 2nd or 3rd rounder would be a great trade.

    • rbbbaron - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      But if Alfie returns, then Holland would have to make another move, somewhat in distress. Nobody really sticks out as readily moveable: the kids are off-limits, same with goes for the tenured players. Maybe Quincey or Kindl but Holland would probably have to eat salary to make it happen (and would he trade Quincey so soon after re-signing him?). There’s some uncertainty with Howard but if he seems better, then Gustavsson could be a tradeable asset for a team looking for goaltending help.

  8. garybrian - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Not worth that kind f money. Bring up a couple of kids from the Marlies!

  9. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    This isn’t really news. This is just how arbitration works.

    The player/agent ask for more than they’re worth, the team/GM ask for less than they’re worth, then they let the arbitrator do his thing.

  10. redwingsfan101 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Cleary deal doesn’t help at all

  11. elguapo12 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:18 AM


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