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Cody Franson On A PTO With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks have signed veteran defenseman Cody Franson to a professional tryout contract, a source confirmed, which could give them a much-needed boost on the back end of their back end....

The Hawks are desperate for help on the blue line after trading Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona and losing Brian Campbell to retirement and Johnny Oduya to free agency. Franson will compete for a spot on the right side of the third-pairing with Czech import Jan Rutta and minor-leaguers Ville Pokka and Erik Gustafsson. While Franson had three productive seasons in Toronto, including 33- and 32-point campaigns, the 6-5 234-pounder is a slower, lumbering skater.

But if he pans out — and there’s no guarantee he will, as previous veterans on PTOs such as Daniel Paille, Jan Hejda and Lubomir Visnovsky haven’t stuck in the past — he’d still be a probable upgrade over any of the other options. Veteran Michal Rozsival, if healthy, is likely to be the seventh defenseman.

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WingedRider's avatar

the 6-5 234-pounder is a slower, lumbering skater.

WE need D Men so KH gives PTOs to Forwards?  Franson still sounds as good or better than some current broken or useless Wings D & at least bigger

Poor KH

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/07/17 at 08:15 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

This is a guy some fans on here wanted real bad a few years ago. Has he declined that badly?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/07/17 at 09:24 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

This is a guy some fans on here wanted real bad a few years ago. Has he declined that badly?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/07/17 at 09:24 PM ET


You are right, now looking for a PTO…Odd

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/07/17 at 09:36 PM ET

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WE need D Men

We need high end D men, not Cody Franson of 2017.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/08/17 at 08:08 AM ET

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Posted by Steve1306 on 09/08/17 at 08:08 AM ET

Thank you for this.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/08/17 at 08:41 AM ET

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WE need D Men so KH gives PTOs to Forwards?

Detroit has NINE defensemen on NHL contracts. Where, exactly, do you see another fitting in on the Red Wings roster?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/08/17 at 11:08 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

NINE defensemen on NHL contracts

NINE, LOL NINE Bodies!  LTIR, waivers! Shoot them,a bit extreme but Wings need real D Men. Franson is not the guy but the Hawks have better D Men.

Put our D Men in Goal in the Pre season, that will remove a couple

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/08/17 at 12:39 PM ET

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