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Report: Leafs sign Franson to one year, $3.3 million deal

Jul 21, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

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Though the club has yet to make it official, both TSN and the Toronto Star have confirmed the Leafs and Cody Franson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

This marks the third consecutive one-year deal Franson’s signed with the Leafs — the first was a $1.2 million pact for the 2011-12 season, followed by the $2M contract he played on last year. With this new deal, Franson draws even with Stephane Robidas as Toronto’s second highest-paid blueliner, though it remains to be seen what fellow RFA Jake Gardiner nets with his pending deal.

At 26, Franson is coming off a year in which he posted career highs in assists (28) and points (33), but also finished with a team-worst minus-20 rating, though some of that had to do with playing big minutes (20:42 TOI average) on a team that wasn’t exactly a brick fortress defensively. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits next year on a revamped Leafs blueline — gone are the likes of Carl Gunnarsson, Paul Ranger and Tim Gleason; in their place, the likes of Robidas and Roman Polak have been brought aboard.

  1. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Good deal. Now Jake Gardiner’s turn.

    PS: I want to know how 20:42 minutes per game counts as “big minutes”. There’s 60 minutes in a game, 3 lines of dmen, so 20:00 would be the average. Franson played an extra shift above average.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      He was fifth on the team in TOI per game, third among D-men (behind Phaneuf and Gardiner). I thought that qualified.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Sorry, I wasn’t narrowing you out. It’s the standard number to gauge a dman’s getting good ice time by (because it IS the average). It’s good to be above it, even if just 42 seconds per game.

    • avscup - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Your ps is funny. If it was that simple they wouldn’t keep the stat. Don’t you think a no. 1 pairing would match a no. 1 or 2 line? Do you give them equal time with a third line or fourth line? Power play time, penalty kill time.

      Really hard to be you!

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        So, your argument is assuming that I think “average” means “every single dman has the same exact ice time”?

        LOL. Do you have any other strawmen to attack? Not even going to bother pointing out how far you missed the point of my post.

        PS: Weed is legal in your state. You need to chill out.

  2. thatguytml92 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Good deal for both sides, I was hoping to hear 4 years 16 mill but this works. How many more seasons can he be an rfa though?

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Because he only signed another one-year contract, he becomes a UFA in 2015

  3. leepetertk - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I’m surprised Toronto clearly does not value Franson a little bit more. Management may not think he fits into their long-term plans, but I think they can still use Franson as an asset. There are many teams looking for right-shooting D-men with offensive upside and could easily trade for Franson. If he gets to UFA, somebody will give him a decent contract because he does fill a role.

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