According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Chicago Blackhawks have placed veteran defenseman Cody Franson on waivers.
The 30-year-old Franson has played 23 games for the Hawks this season, scoring one goal and seven points along the way. He was expected to be a hot commodity in the free-agent market this past offseason, but had to settle for a training camp PTO from the Hawks in order to get an NHL contract.
If the Surrey, BC native passes through waivers successfully, he'll play his first AHL games in nearly a decade.
While no one is going to confuse Franson with other big shooting, power play running, right-handed defensemen like Montreal Canadiens star Shea Weber, don't be surprised if Franson ends up getting claimed. Far from a complete player, Franson can bring offense from the blue line and several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are in desperate need of such a player.
Or, how about the struggling Montreal Canadiens?
Wherever Franson ends up, fans are likely to be intrigued but ultimately disappointed with the big man's play. Despite being a 6'5", 225 pound giant, Franson does not play a physical game, opting to move the puck and fire from the point more often than break up plays and lay the body.