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Cody Franson | Defenseman

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 213
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Nashville Predators GM David Poile acknowledged the widely held belief that defenseman Cody Franson will likely leave via free agency.
Franson is a useful defenseman in most situations, yet the Predators are so loaded with blueliners who boast similar strengths that he was often lost in the shuffle. A tepid finish to his contract year might hurt things a bit (he only had four points in 23 regular season games with Nashville after generating 32 in 55 contests with Toronto in 2014-15), yet the pool of UFA defensemen is so shallow that it would be surprising if Franson doesn't attract multiple bidders. May 30 - 2:01 PM

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Former Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson believes that Mike Babcock's arrival in Toronto will help the team land more free-agents.

"I definitely think it makes [Toronto] more interesting," Franson told TSN 1050 Radio. "... Definitely, with Mr. Babcock going there, it's an exciting time for people in that organization and I think it makes it more intriguing to free agents for sure." Franson was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Predators this winter, and the free-agent to be has already said that he would consider going back to Toronto if they were interested in his services.
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 3:56 PM

Unrestricted Free Agent defenseman Cody Franson is including Toronto on his list of teams he'll consider signing with.

"I definitely think it makes them (Toronto) more interesting," Franson said about the Maple Leafs in regards to new head coach Mike Babcock. "I’m hopeful Toronto’s in the mix. I’m hoping they’re one of the teams that calls." Franson is officially UFA come July 1st, and was enjoying his career best season in Toronto with six goals and 32 points before being traded to Nashville at the trade deadline.
May 23 - 8:00 PM

It doesn't sound like there's a fit for trade deadline acquisition, and pending UFA, Cody Franson in Nashville moving forward. Said Predators GM David Poile, "The fact that Franson was a right-handed shot…wasn’t the perfect situation for Franson or for us."

Franson, who was acquired along with Mike Santorelli from Toronto for a 2015 first round draft pick and prospect Brendan Leipsic, simply didn't produce. Franson had put up 32 points in 55 games while skating an average of 21:33 a night for Toronto, and just six points in 28 games (including playoffs) while skating over 15 minutes a game with Nashville. Franson won't turn 28 years old until August, and will surely command well over the $3.3M he did in 2014-15.
Apr 28 - 8:19 PM

Cody Franson will return to the Predators' blue line for Game Two against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Franson has missed Nashville's previous two games with an upper body injury, but he's expected to pair with Seth Jones. Franson put up just four points in 23 games with the Predators after recording 32 points in 55 games with Toronto to begin the season. He has four goals and 13 points in 23 career playoff games, as well.
Apr 17 - 7:41 PM

Cody Franson (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against Chicago.

He wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey during the morning skate, but he's listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Apr 15 - 12:31 PM

Cody Franson (upper body) didn't take part in Monday's practice.

It's unclear if he'll be ready for Nashville's playoff opener on Wednesday night. Franson is listed as day-to-day.
Apr 14 - 11:11 AM

Cody Franson is still nursing an upper-body injury and won't suit up against the Stars on Saturday.

He will sit out the Preds' season finale. It is unknown if Franson will be ready to go once the playoffs begin next week.
Apr 11 - 12:29 PM

Cody Franson is dealing with an upper-body injury.

Franson is listed as day-to-day...which doesn't really mean much because the playoffs are about to start so we shouldn't expect to get many timetables from this point forward. That being said, it's entirely possible that Franson just has a minor issue and the Predators are just holding out him their season finale on Saturday won't mean much anyways.
Apr 10 - 4:16 PM

Cody Franson has struggled mightily since being acquired by the Nashville Predators.

The Preds gave up a first round pick and more for Franson and forward Mike Santorelli and both players have struggled to deliver with their new clubs. Franson has been benched twice in the last five games and has just one goal and four points in 21 games with Nashville. The biggest difference is perhaps the lack of ice time he's received with his new team. Franson went from playing over 21 minutes a game in Toronto to playing just under 16 minutes in Nashville.
Apr 5 - 10:10 AM

Cody Franson was benched in Thursday's game versus Tampa Bay.

He didn't see a shift in the third period after he got just three in the second frame. Franson's ice time has dropped since being reacquired by Nashville from Toronto and he played a season-low 7:15 on Thursday.
Mar 27 - 11:18 AM

It seems as if Cody Franson does not have Predators' coach Peter Laviolette's trust.

His playing time has slowly been reduced since his arrival in Nashville. Thursday night Franson was on the ice for a season-low 9:35 and did not play on the power-play at all as Ryan Ellis manned the second unit. If you were counting on Franson for some offense from your blueline, you may want to re-think your strategy.
Mar 14 - 12:40 PM

Cody Franson has returned to the game after being helped off the ice in the second period.

Franson was hit by Jets captain Andrew Ladd along the boards and he had trouble putting weight on his leg, needing some help to get back on his feet. It's worth keeping an eye on over the next day or two.
Mar 7 - 9:24 PM

Cody Franson had to be helped to the locker room in the second period after a hit from Andrew Ladd.

Ladd hit him along the boards and Franson’s knee appeared to buckle. The Predators defenseman played 11:34 and had a minus-one rating before leaving the game.
Mar 7 - 9:03 PM

Cody Franson earned an assist in a 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo on Sunday.

He had a power-play helper on a goal by Mike Ribeiro. Franson logged 19:22 of ice time in his second game with the Predators since being traded by Toronto. He has been paired with Mattias Ekholm on the back end.
Feb 23 - 11:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mike Ribeiro
2Mike Fisher
3Mike Santorelli
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Paul Gaustad
LW1Matt Cullen
2Colin Wilson
3Gabriel Bourque
4Taylor Beck
5Viktor Stalberg
6Kevin Fiala
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3Craig Smith
4Eric Nystrom
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Cody Franson
4Seth Jones
5Mattias Ekholm
6Ryan Ellis
7Anton Volchenkov
8Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton