Reports indicate free-agent defenseman Cody Franson is in talks with several teams. Read on for the latest.
NHL.COM: Cited an interview free-agent defenseman Cody Franson gave to TSN 1040, in which the 27-year-old blueliner claims he’s spoken with five or six teams, including the Boston Bruins. “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.”
He also repeated his interest in returning to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but hasn’t had many discussions with that club. Franson also said his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks, don’t appear interested at the moment. He reiterated that he’s not interested in signing another one-year contract.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports it’s not surprising the Bruins are interested in Franson, given how their defense corps was depleted over the past year. The problem, however, is money. The Bruins only have just under $5 million in cap space for next season and Franson is seeking a long-term deal for what Haggerty calls “a fair amount of money.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Franson is willing to accept a short-term deal for just under $4 million annually, he might not be a good fit for the Bruins’ cap space. Haggerty recently noted the uncertainty over their backup goaltending. I daresay Bruins management wants to keep some cap space free to address that possibility, as well as any other issues which could crop up next season.
It doesn’t sound as though the Leafs are keen to bring Franson back to Toronto, while the Canucks evidently intend to save their long-term spending for better blueline options next summer. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres were also believed in the mix earlier this month, but of course it’ll come down to Franson’s asking price and how flexible he’s willing to be.