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.
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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?
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