Some interesting news came out at noon, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman revealed that defenseman Cody Franson was placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Franson has been in and out of the lineup, but he's been an effective possession player, and his 7 points in 23 games isn't all bad for a defenseman in a limited role.
His Corsi is the best on the entire team.
Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators 79th overall in 2005, Franson made his way to the Leafs for 4 seasons before being traded back to the team that drafted him.
His best season, points total-wise, was in 2013-14 when he managed 33 points in 79 games, but his most effective year was certainly the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13 when he put up 29 points in only 45 games. That's 4 less points in 34 less outings.
Franson, at 6'5", 224 lbs, could be a huge addition the Leafs, as he is a right shot D, something Toronto could sorely use. Travis Dermott is being tried out in the position tonight next to Jake Gardiner. Nikita Zaitsev is still out for some time, and Roman Polak is manning the bottom pairing. It's hard to imagine that Mike Babcock ever takes the veteran out of the lineup, but Franson would likely be a welcome upgrade.
The only issue is this: at only $1 million, and an expiring contract, a lot of teams could easily have their hands on this. As the Leafs figure to be higher up in the standings, they will have to wait for several teams to pass on him if they want their chance to claim him.
What do you think? If Franson slips to the Leafs, should they pick him up?
According to Cap Friendly, for the Leafs to lay a claim on Franson, they'd have to trade away a contract first.