There was shocking activity on waivers today - or should we say : shocking lack thereof! Veteran defenseman Cody Franson clears waivers, when most NHL insiders expected him to land with a different club on Tuesday.
The blue liner had been placed on the waiver wire on Monday by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Despite his lack of speed, he’s a rearguard with a right-handed shot carrying an affordable contract, as he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Chicago just before the start of the season in October. He would have been an easy pickup for a team, or even for a club struggling to make the postseason but that could have used him as potential trade bait near the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
According to many reporters and fans, it sounded almost like a guarantee that Franson would be claimed today...
Franson had played in the four previous games after missing seven with an upper-body injury. He has one goal and seven points in 23 games.
He was originally drafted by Nashville in the third round (79th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.
A trade in the works?
Now that Franson has been left on waivers, he could land on the trade block. A rival team could be looking to move a contract out in return for Franson, instead of adding him through waivers.