Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Defenseman Cody Franson agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Franson found a middle ground with the deal as the Leafs were looking for longer term while Franson wanted more money annually.
“With the current cap situation a two-year deal was very difficult to get at what we felt was fair,” said Franson. “A one-year [deal] was the most reasonable way for us to find a middle ground.”
The one-year contract allows Franson, 26, to be eligible for salary arbitration next summer. He will be eligible for unrestricted free agency in two seasons.
The Leafs will also get the most out of Franson in the contract as the latter said he wants to keep progressing from last year, take on a bigger role, be a consistent go-to guy, and be more productive in all areas of the game.
Franson led all Maple Leafs’ defensemen last season with 29 points, which was tied for sixth among all NHL defensemen. He was fourth among all NHL defensemen with 25 assists and also had four goals. Franson played regularly in Toronto’s top four and also saw key time on the power play.