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Franson Not Thrilled With Apparent Benching For Game 1

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Cody Franson thought he came here to make a difference on defence, not to sit on the bench.

But after all the talk of the Maple Leafs pulling off a coup in the trade with Nashville for the 6-foot-5 Franson — and the player’s own excitement at coming back to the hockey town where his family wanted him — he is picking out civilian clothes for Thursday’s NHL opener. He was once more the seventh man at Tuesday’s MasterCard Centre practice, behind pre-camp long shots such as Mike Komisarek and Jake Gardiner.

“It didn’t look too good out there for me today,” a sullen Franson said. “I had a lot of confidence coming in here, but apparently I didn’t show up well enough in camp or something. It’s frustrating. I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but right now, I’m not too thrilled about it.”


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DocF's avatar

I watched Toronto play Detroit the other night.  The only defenceman who played worse than Franson was Dion Phaneuf (who was absolutely, unbelievably out of control.  Since they will not/cannot bench their captain, Franson gets the blame. 

John Michael Liles played the kind of game I expected he would.  He can deal with the distractions that come with playing for a team with an idiot for a General Manager and a coach who has demonstrated over the years can turn a team into a rabble of discontented underachievers. 

I see a very long, lousy season ahead for Leafs fans and players alike.  Franson is just the first to feel the bite.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/05/11 at 01:09 AM ET


more bad form in TOR.  Franson is a sniper.  How did he not go to another team for a steeper price?  Hard not to hate Poile a little.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 10/05/11 at 04:05 AM ET


Toronto sucks. smile

Posted by Rift Supremacy guide from US on 10/05/11 at 09:57 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Ron Wilson just doesn’t feel comfortable unless he’s mysteriously benching a defenseman who should be in his lineup.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/05/11 at 10:57 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Welcome to Toronto, Cody.

Posted by Primis on 10/05/11 at 11:55 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Two things wrong here. ...
29 yrs old, 8 yrs NHL experience, 470 games
25 yrs old, 2 yrs NHL experience, 140 games
Going public with personal feelings on a one game decision, would
severely handicap your career in most markets.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 10/05/11 at 12:49 PM ET

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