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From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:
-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.
-- What would you think of this club?
F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere
F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder
F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow
F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen
extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty
D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros
D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson
D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky
extra: John Erskine
G1: Josh Harding
G2: Jonas Gustavsson
G3: Ray Emery
OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?
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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
It’s now four weeks in to free agency. Franson’s still not signed. How can it be?
Corsi analyst: Franson set to “become one of wealthiest players.”
This will be a bigger mystery if you’re a devout believer in Corsi-based player analysis. Several writers have been saying for some time that Franson scores exceedingly well on Corsi counts.
In December this past season, James Mirtle of Toronto’s Globe & Mail laid out the case: “Franson has also grown into a top pairing role, logging 275 of his 348 even strength minutes (80 per cent) alongside captain Dion Phaneuf so far this year. Despite those minutes and some tough situations, when Franson has been on the ice, the Leafs have been a 50 per cent possession team, nearly 4 per cent better than when he’s on the bench. He drives play, and more than ever, teams are looking for that.”
Then there was analytics writer Steve Burtch, a Leafs fan and perhaps Franson’s biggest on-line booster, writing for Sportsnet: “To put it plainly, Franson produces offensively amongst the elite D-men in the NHL. His possession impacts are amazingly consistent, and have never been negative. He has shown an ability to both reduce shot-attempts against and increase shot-attempts for. And goals-for and against improve significantly when he is on the ice compared to what one would expect based on his usage. … Franson’s on-ice impact and potential UFA status this summer combine to create a very unique combination, and rumours are already spreading that his camp will be seeking a deal worth $5 million-plus annually…. However things play out, Franson is set to become one of the wealthiest players in the NHL a year from now, and for a long time to come. Because despite what the eye test says, he deserves it.”
Unrestricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson said during a radio interview with the Team 1040 in Vancouver on Tuesday he is in discussions with "five or six teams," including the Boston Bruins, but he's not sure when he will sign a contract.
"There are some very interested [teams], but some teams are in cap situations and all the rest that comes with it," Franson said. "So everything is just kind of slowly rolling, but definitely [we] have some action."
Franson has played the past three seasons on one-year contracts. He said he is looking for a multiyear contract this summer. His contract last season carried a $3.3 million salary-cap charge.
"Obviously I'd like to get something a little more than one year," he said. "I'm sick of doing one-year deals. But we're open to all suggestions, really.
"We haven't said a number and we'll take nothing less, or a term and we'll take nothing less than that. We haven't said that at all. We've had a lot of teams call to see where we're at. We just said in a certain ballpark. Nobody has laughed at us. Everybody has thought it was reasonable. It's just one of those things that some teams we're talking to are in cap crunches and some teams don't want to go maybe as long. It's a number of different circumstances. Hopefully something happens sooner than later."
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
At the same time, on Oilers Now, The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson said he didn’t think Franson would be a good fit for the Oilers as Franson had played poorly for Nashhville after being traded there by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Broadcaster Bob Stauffer of the Oilers said on his Oilers Now show that he doubted that the Oilers would or should go after a top free agent, though he said if the team could shed some salary it might well target Andrej Sekera. Stauffer’s speculation once against turned into the fact of the matter, which makes some sense given that Stauffer is obsessive in tracking down the facts and also works for the Oilers, making him not just a hockey insider, but an NHL employee.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun speculated on Stauffer’s show that Franson would sign with his old team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle tweeted this would not happen, but the rumour resurfaced on free agency day.
On the morning of July 1, ESPN’s highly-connected Pierre LeBrun reported that the Oilers were indeed interested in Franson, along with Mike Green and Sekera.
Since then there’s been pretty much crickets on Franson.
While top UFA d-men like Sekera signed with Edmonton, Paul Martin with San Jose and Mike Green with Detroit, there’s been little smoke on the Franson front, let along any kind of fire. The same goes with free agent d-men Johnny Oduya and Christian Ehrhoff.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe still sees a market for Franson: “Age 28 (soon), 6-foot-5…I still bet he comes very close to $6.5,” he said Friday on Twitter.
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
When the Predators acquired defenseman Cody Franson as part of a trade with the Maple Leafs on Feb. 15, it was viewed as the rich getting richer.
Franson was among the most coveted rental players available. His return to Nashville, which drafted him in 2005, strengthened what was already considered one of the best defenses in the NHL,
Yet Franson wasn't impactful in 28 regular-season and playoff games for Nashville, largely because he wasn't utilized nearly as much as he was in Toronto.
He averaged 21:23 per game for the Maple Leafs, which included 3:05 on the power play and 2:00 shorthanded. With the Predators, his ice time plunged to 15:25 per game, barely contributing to Nashville's special-teams units.
"It was definitely an adjustment," Franson said. "You go from playing over 20 minutes a night on any given night in a bunch of different situations, special teams and things like that, to more of a depth guy and trying to play more of a shutdown role and just not really allow much. I tried to adjust to it as best I could and contribute as much as I could."
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Remember when it looked as though the Predators had secured their spot atop the Central Division with a bold pre-deadline trade that repatriated Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from the Maple Leafs?
“He’s a top-four defenseman on pretty well any team right now,” Nashville GM David Poile gushed about Franson, who was the key to the deal. “He was always big and great on the power play. Now he’s much more of a well-rounded guy.”
Franson, a regular on Toronto’s top pair, was slated to play on the second unit with the Preds, adding the element of veteran depth that every contender craves. Instead, he’s become a spare part, or worse, on a team that’s stumbling to the finish line. In two of his past five games he’s been nailed to the bench for most of the third period after his failure to make simple plays led to opposition goals. In Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to Dallas it was his inability to clear a puck from the crease that allowed fourth liner Colton Sceviour to pick up the loose change and put the Preds in a 3–1 hole.
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Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday hockey and/or sports-related notes, which mostly involve the Toronto Maple Leafs:
If you break down the Cody Franson-Mike Santorelli trade, it’s basically Franson for a late first-round pick and Santorelli for the prospect Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs had a very extensive book on Leipsic, partly because personnel man Mark Hunter had his London Knights play against him in the Memorial Cup. Leipsic is known for three things: 1) being small; 2) being ultra-competitive; 3) having ridiculous ‘he could stickhandle in a phone booth’ hands...
Coaches that interest the Leafs: Still working division: Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan; Ken Hitchcock; Dave Tippett; Out of work division: Peter DeBoer. Seemingly no interest: Dan Bylsma...
The Leafs also have some interest in Alexander Burmistrov, the troubled high draft pick playing in the KHL, whose rights are owned by Winnipeg...
I'm intrigued by Burmistrov myself--he's 23 and liberally-listed at 6' and 179 pounds, and he hasn't exactly lit it up during two seasons with the Ak Bars Kazan, but he's still fleet-footed as all hell get out, and he could be somebody's next-year reclamation project.
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Nashville, Tenn. (February 15, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has acquired defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.
“In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the Trade Deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates.
"Both Cody and Mike were drafted, developed and began their NHL careers here. They know our organization and still have former teammates and friends on the roster. We are fully confident that they will seamlessly fit into our team.”
“Cody brings size, offensive ability and the capacity to play in all situations to our lineup,” Poile said. “He is the perfect component to round out our defensive corps and give us eight proven NHL defensemen.”
“Mike is a versatile player that can move up and down the lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “He has fantastic speed, is excellent in the face-off circle, and can play all three forward positions if called upon. He is an excellent complement to our existing group of forwards.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Odds are Cody Franson will be moved before the March 2 trade deadline unless the Toronto Maple Leafs have a change of heart on what they’re willing to agree to contract-wise with the pending UFA blueliner.
The Leafs and Franson’s agent Gerry Johansson chatted last week. Toronto expressed willingness to do something in the neighborhood of three years and around $4.4 million to $4.5 million a year.
That’s just not going to cut it for a defenseman of his ilk who knows he can get six to seven years on the July 1 market at easily north of $5 million...
There are a lot of teams interested in him, including the likes of Detroit and Los Angeles, both in need of a top-four, right-handed defenseman. Nashville is another team we heard has expressed some interest. Of course the Predators drafted Franson, so there’s some history there. They know the player.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
KATIE STRANG: We've seen some pretty drastic contrasts from the Leafs in terms of highs and lows. What do you make of how this season has gone?
CODY FRANSON: There were definitely areas of our game that we were trying to figure out early on, and I think we've done a good job of figuring those things out and continually improving on them. There's definitely games where we get away from what makes us successful and we get exposed a little bit, but I think we're maturing as a group in terms of rebounding from those and understanding what made us have trouble the night before.
STRANG: How much of that maturation is learning how to handle the type of scrutiny you endure in the Toronto market?
FRANSON: I think that's a big part. When things start going badly for us, we really feel it. I mean it's something that gets talked about a lot. It's tough to get away from it in Toronto, but we've got some older guys in our room now that are helping us out with that, and our group is continually getting better at it.
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi served by Jiri Sekac Elbowing (maj) - 5 min against Nate Schmidt
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Brown
01:55 WSH Chris Brown served by Nathan Walker Instigator - 2 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Game misconduct - 10 min
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min
What would you award Cody Franson (stats)?
Mike Fisher received five for boarding and a game misconduct, Franson received a cut on the bridge of his nose when his visor came down and clipped him. He did need stiches to clos the cut.
Fisher talked to the Tennessean post-game and he felt he did not even deserve a penalty on the play. Watch it below...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenceman Cody Franson to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Franson has spent the last two seasons of his four-year NHL career with the Leafs, after being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators.
In 45 games last season, Franson scored four goals and a career high 25 assists, with a plus-8 rating.
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The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek believes that the recent re-signings of players like Daniel Cleary and Nazem Kadri, combined with last year's relatively painless re-signings of training camp "hold-outs" like P.K. Subban and the relatively few numbers of holdouts this year illustrate the fact that extended holdouts--which used to be the one and only way for high-profile players to earn the big bucks they seek from reluctant rights-holders--just aren't the way of the contract-negotiating CBA beast anymore:
Cody Hodgson re-upped last Wednesday with the Buffalo Sabres, there remain just a handful of unsigned players out there as NHL training camps opened with the first on-ice workouts Thursday.
Derek Stepan hasn’t come to terms with the New York Rangers. Also, the Leafs and Ottawa Senators are negotiating hard with Cody Franson and Jared Cowan, respectively, and the St. Louis Blues appear headed toward a showdown with their best player, Alex Pietrangelo.
But that’s it. Compare that to how things were in the 1990s, when it seemed every team had two or three annual contract skirmishes.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
In a statement delivered exclusively to TSN.ca Thursday evening, Franson expressed optimism that a resolution would come to pass in the very near future.
"I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates"
Franson wants to remain in Toronto and the Leafs would like to keep him, believing in his promise as an eventual top-4 defender. But the two sides are entrenched in entirely different terms on a contract.
Though he would not discuss actual figures for the negotiation, Franson is believed to be open to a one-year deal worth $3 million – cognizant of the cap coming down this year – a number that would seem to fall below his perceived value following a career year in 2013. The Leafs however, are not inclined to sign him to a one-year deal under any circumstance, seeing no benefit to such an outcome while faced with the prospect of an even more challenging negotiation next summer if Franson were to produce another strong year this season.
Instead, the Leafs are believed to prefer two years at what they would contend is a fair number for both sides, thereby bringing the B.C. native to the gates of unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I heard from sources on other teams Monday that Gauthier was phoning around looking for help on defense. The thing is, he’s not alone. Tampa and the New York Rangers are among the other teams also looking for blue-line help. It just so happens that Cody Franson is available in Toronto, although I’m not sure whether any of those three teams has interest in him.
read on for more on the Canadiens…
Suprised the Leafs may want to move Franson? Remember this from Brian Burke back in early July?
via Eric Koreen of the National Post,
“Obviously from our perspective, was the key to that deal. He’s a 6-foot-5 defenceman who’s young. We think he has an offensive upside. He can really hammer the puck. He’s big. I think he really rounds out our blueline nicely.”
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:
Franson, 24, was a surprise scratch for the first two games since he was a regular for the last two seasons on the Nashville Predators’ defence. He came in an off-season trade with centre Matthew Lombardi and it was assumed Franson was an automatic choice for one of the top six spots.
But rookie Jake Gardiner had a surprisingly good camp and won a job, making an already crowded defence roster even tighter and Franson wound up as the extra defenceman. Wilson did not say who will sit on Saturday to make room for Franson but the likely candidate is Gardiner.
The coach did make it clear he was not impressed Franson was honest with the media about his unhappiness at sitting in the press box. Wilson does not spend a lot of time talking to Franson, it seems, because he found out he was a scratch by seeing a video on the Leafs’ web site of Wilson telling this to the media.
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.”
Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
Franson, 23 (8/8/87) posted 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 contests for the Predators a season ago, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to hit the 20-point mark (Dan Hamhuis, 2003-04), tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in points, and ranking third in goals. The 6-5, 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., also led all rookies and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15), and paced all rookie defensemen in game-winning goals (3) in 2009-10. Franson played in four of Nashville’s six postseason games this past spring, notching his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago.