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As per Darren Dreger, RFA Cody Franson of the Maple Leafs is asking for more money than Toronto can pay, considering their cap situation. Having just above 6 million with Nazem Kadri and Mark Fraser also needing to re-sign, both RFAs, and would then need one more player to have 23 on the roster.

Dreger reported the Leafs would be looking for a pick and a prospect for Franson.

Would Barrie and a 2nd be enough?

Both are right-handed shooters, both offensive minded, Avalanche would gain size and toughness, but lose speed and mobility. The Avs second pairing could then be Wilson - Franson, two defenseman who like to hit and could make it hell for opposition trying to get anywhere near Varlamov. Franson could also be utilized on the PP where he saw a lot of success last year, partnered with Phaneuf.

I have to admit I'm a little biased on Franson as he greatly helped my pool this past season after picking him up mid-season. He hits every chance he has (2.75 Hit/Game last season) and was the blueliner with the most points for the Leafs last season with 4 G and 25 A and another 6 points in 7 playoff games, including a 2 goal performance in Toronto's collapsed Game 7 against Boston.

Franson is a great offensive defenseman who hits a lot, and has the frame to become a decent shut down guy should his skating improve in his own zone.

What do you guys think, should the Avs target Franson? What would be the cost to get him out of Toronto?
Filed Under:   Avalanche   Trade   Toronto   Barrie   Franson  
July 27, 2013 3:41 PM ET | Delete
This trade would not work at all. Toronto has way too many defense that are NHL ready and a lot of defense prospects it makes absolutely no sense to trade a better defensemen away for a guy with half the upside of franson and considering we do not need any defense unless they are top 3 d-man especially since we have an abundance of depth d-men
July 27, 2013 3:44 PM ET | Delete
How about taking liles back?
July 27, 2013 11:02 PM ET | Delete
Blacker, Percy, Holzer, Rielly. Last thing we need is to give up one our few good top 4 defence for another prospect and a 2nd. It is a decent return but it makes no sense for the Leafs.
July 28, 2013 2:51 AM ET | Delete
Fine return but not what would help the Leafs right now
July 28, 2013 9:04 AM ET | Delete
Grampa
July 28, 2013 1:49 PM ET | Delete
Id say Trade Stastny and a 2nd to Toronto for Franson I love Stastny but he needs a change of city and that could spark him up again and it will give the Leafs a first line center and give us the 2nd Dman on the power play and pair him with Wilson and they make a killer 1st or 2nd D pairing. Avs have Dutchy, Factor and now Mackinnon. Giving us a killer 1,2,3 punch down the middle.
July 28, 2013 1:51 PM ET | Delete
ByTheBeard I dont think you understand that the problem is that toronto does not have cap room not that they dont want Franson. That would be a horrible move on torontos part if that happened
July 28, 2013 7:20 PM ET | Delete
The only way Stastny goes to TO is if Avvs retain a bunch of cap space, Stastny 2nd for Liles and Franson and Avvs retain some of Stastnys contract
July 29, 2013 3:32 AM ET | Delete
Smoking crack is actually really bad for you bro.
July 29, 2013 3:03 PM ET | Delete
Barrie or Elliott and a 2nd for Franson, and that would free up cap space for Toronto. They could also Trade Stastny for Pheunuf straight up in this deal, as their cap hit is basically the same. Avs would address there defensive problems, Toronto would address there Center position and cap space problems.
July 29, 2013 5:10 PM ET | Delete
elliott? since when does toronto need another second rate goaltender, especially since we have garett sparks as our down the road goaltender aside from what we already have at the NHL level. Dont just say something that you think matches up value say something that makes sense
July 29, 2013 6:49 PM ET | Delete
Im sure dsavage meant Stefan Elliott, the Avs prospect dman. Not Brian Elliott, StL goalie.
July 29, 2013 6:59 PM ET | Delete
my bad
July 29, 2013 8:28 PM ET | Delete
Colorado fans are retarded. Phaneuf for Stastny? LMAO. Gtfo.
July 30, 2013 6:15 AM ET | Delete
July 30, 2013 6:17 AM ET | Delete
F u
July 30, 2013 6:18 AM ET | Delete
2 cups in 20 years. 0 in 20 years. Nuff said
July 30, 2013 5:33 PM ET | Delete
how many in total do you have? Nuff said
July 31, 2013 12:11 AM ET | Delete
Get over your cups before colour tv. What have they done for you lately???
July 31, 2013 6:51 PM ET | Delete
What has your team done lately? Come in last place. Maybe you should get over yourself
July 31, 2013 8:45 PM ET | Delete
barries going to be better than franson fuck him, sgarbossa and a second maybe.. its funny seeing leafs fans reading up on colorado shit haha and then try talking shit. reading news on the team that came last and then beaking haha? get a fuckin life u useless fucks leafs fuckin suck anyways (good job finally making it in a shortened season hahahahah, good going guys!)
August 18, 2013 2:29 AM ET | Delete
Barrie and a 2nd for an unpaid Franson who just came off what I would call an above average season. Pass
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