Toront, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Defenseman Cody Franson avoided arbitration as he signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Franson signed the deal worth $3.3 million hours before his scheduled salary arbitration hearing. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The 26-year-old Franson had five goals and 33 points in 78 games for the Maple Leafs last season.
“It’s nice we were able to settle beforehand. Any time you can avoid that process, it’s beneficial to both sides,” Franson said. “It’s something I’m very happy to have over with. I can focus on hockey again.”
A third-round pick (No. 79) by the Nashville Predators in the 2005 NHL Draft, Franson has 28 goals and 133 points in 322 games with the Predators and Maple Leafs. He has four goals and 13 points in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.