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Cody Franson | Defenseman

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 213
Contract: view contract details

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Free-agency didn't go according to plan for Cody Franson.
Franson was an unrestricted free-agent this off-season but he had to wait until September 10th to finally come to terms with a new team. "The whole free agency experience went very different than we had planned. With the cap not going up and a lot of the teams that were very interested in us, they didn’t have a lot of options," Franson said. "They were pretty tight against the cap as-was. There were some trades that were made that ended up taking away some of our suitors. I think this was a year where everything kind of changed really." Franson ended up signing a two-year, $6.65 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Sep 13 - 3:25 PM

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Cody Franson is projected to see time on the first power-play unit with the Sabres.

"He's a skill defenseman, obviously a big body," GM Tim Murray said. "We know he's not a crasher and banger and that's not what we signed him for. But he's got some range, he's got a long reach. It does take some space to get by him." Franson is looking forward to the upcoming season after finally getting more than a one-year deal and he feels the Sabres are a team moving in the right direction.
Sep 11 - 11:53 AM

Cody Franson has signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

The contract is worth $6.65 million for an annual average value of $3.325 million. Franson had seven goals and 36 points in 78 games between Toronto and Nashville last season. He only registered four points in 23 appearances on a deep Predators' blueline, but he should have a bigger role on the Sabres.
Sep 10 - 10:18 AM

According to two NHL sources, Buffalo has offered Cody Franson a two-year contract.

Franson has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus in the rumor mill as well. Buffalo has the cap space to make him an offer he would probably prefer, though. Franson earned $3.3 million last season and it's believed that he is looking for a multi-year contract.
Aug 28 - 10:24 AM

Cody Franson remains an unsigned free agent as all arbitration cases are now completed in the NHL.

It’s been one of the biggest surprises of the NHL free agency frenzy this season as Franson is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. This past season he helped his teams increase their shot-attempts for and reduce shot-attempts against as well as improved his team’s goals-for and against. His on-ice impact has created a very bizarre situation for NHL owners as Franson could be seeking a deal worth roughly $5 million annually, which will be well deserved. It’s a matter of time before someone locks him up to a long term deal and he becomes a reliable fantasy defenseman for next season.
Aug 1 - 6:25 PM

Cody Franson thinks that Boston would be an interesting landing spot for him.

Franson is arguably the most desirable unrestricted free agent left on the market. He says he's been talking to five or six clubs and the Bruins are on that list. Franson had seven goals and 36 points in 78 contests last season.
Jul 22 - 9:52 AM

Cody Franson says there's been a lot of interest in his services despite the fact that nothing's gotten done yet.

Franson thinks this summer's cap crunch has been a contributing factor in him still being an unrestricted free agent and that seems likely. He'll definitely end up with a contract, but he might have to settle for a one-year deal in the hope that next summer's market will be more favorable.
Jul 21 - 9:09 PM

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

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.
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

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