The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Cody Franson remain at loggerheads over a new contract. Franson a restricted free agent has not reported to Leafs camp hoping to convince the team to sign him to a one-year deal. The team wants Franson to sign a multi-year deal. “I just think with the current cap situation we’re in a one-year (deal) would suit the team the best” Franson told TSN on Tuesday after working out with the Ryerson Rams. “They’ve got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and I’m trying to make it happen for both sides. “I think it’s in my best interests and the team’s best interests to do it (sign a one-year deal). That’s part of negotiations. We’ll see how it goes.” Franson had a career year last season with four goals and 25 assists in the lock-out shortened season leading all Leafs defencemen in points. Franson is believed to be asking for a one-year deal worth $3 million hoping that next season — when the salary cap rises — he can sign a longer term bigger money deal. But as a restricted free agent he doesn’t have a lot of leverage.
Maple Leafs, Cody Franson remain apart in contract talks
Toronto Star | Sep 18