How can Dave Nonis get Cody Franson under contract?

Cam Charron
September 03 2013 01:02PM

I incorrectly stated back in July that Cody Franson would be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, which potentially explains why Franson didn't opt for arbitration this summer. There is a chance that Franson would have earned above the $3.5-million threshold, had the Maple Leafs walk away from it, and become a free agent this summer, but signing a one-year deal doesn't make sense for Franson, since there's a chance he's stuck in this very same process next summer.

A player gets to unrestricted free agency by playing either seven NHL seasons, ten professional seasons, or gets to age 27 by June 30. Franson won't be 27 until August 8, 2014, so he's stuck for another year as a restricted free agent if he signs a one-year deal.

A few Leafs executives and players said things today and there's a lot of white noise (more Nazem Kadri posturing—my take is here), but after the jump I'll highlight a couple of tweets from TSN's two insiders about Franson which are pretty interesting.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 9 - Tyler Biggs

Cam Charron
September 03 2013 11:12AM


via Oshawa Generals

Name   : Tyler Biggs  
Position   : Right Wing  
Hometown   : Loveland, Ohio      
Size:    6'3, 234lbs  
2013 Team:    Oshawa Generals (OHL)  
Acquired:    Drafted, 1st Round, 22nd Overall in 2011

When Milan Lucic was 16, he was cut by the Junior A Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League. By 19, Milan Lucic was in the National Hockey League and producing regularly.

This is how we get to Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, in the Leafs prospect countdown, and look at the Maple Leafs' attempt to re-create Lucic, Tyler Biggs, a player they drafted with their first pick of the 2011 draft and has become a polarizing player indeed.

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TLN TOP TWENTY PROSPECTS: NO. 10 - Jerry D'Amigo

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 03 2013 02:41AM

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The beard is ranked at 1.5 on the top prospects list, so we'll be focusing on it's owner today

Name : Jerry D'Amigo
Position : Left Wing / Right Wing / Would Probably Play Whatever You Asked
Hometown : Binghamton, New YOrk  
Size:  5'11, 213lbs
2013 Team:  Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired:  Drafted, 6th Round, 158th Overall in 2008

If there was ever any prospect that was meant to be described as the "Swiss Army Knife" of the Leafs organization, this is the man you're looking for. While he probably won't reach the "elite player in hiding" label that some optimistic Leafs fans had given him immediately following the 2008 Entry Draft, there is no doubt in my mind that the Leafs have a long-term NHLer on their hands of Jerry D'Amigo. 

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 11 - Carter Ashton

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 30 2013 03:04AM

 

Name: Carter Ashton
Position: Right Wing
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Size: 6'3, 215 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Traded from Tampa Bay Lightning in February 2012

When the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Carter Ashton for Keith Aulie as the 2012 trade deadline loomed, I couldn't contain my excitement. For one, while many had high hopes for what Aulie could become (so far, he's fresh off a 7 point season with the Bolts), he was having a terrible year with the Leafs and Marlies. The "steadiness" he showed with the Leafs the year prior was gone, and when handed the opportunity to run the defence of his AHL team, he was caught flat footed, frequently out of position, and unable to make anything resembling an offensive contribution. I had gone from a fan to a critic in record time, to the point of thinking his departure was addition by subtraction, at least for immediate result. But primarily, I was really excited about the return. 

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Where Are They Now: The 08/09 Leafs

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 29 2013 03:56PM

In a rather forgettable fashion, Tomas Kaberle has signed a 1 year contract with the KHL's Dinamo Minsk. It remains to be seen if his NHL days are permanently behind him, but after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens, one wonders if we'll see him again. Anyway, this move made me think about some of the Leafs rosters he played for, which lead me to the 2008/09 roster. 

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