It started from here: on Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Cody Franson cleared waivers and been assigned to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.
Franson was somewhat surprisingly placed on waivers the day before, just a few months after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Hawks in October. In 23 games for Chicago this season, the 30-year-old blue-liner tallied one goal and seven points, while averaging 16:37 in ice time.
The veteran had no choice but to call it “very frustrating” that he went unclaimed on waivers and found himself stuck in the minors not long after playing with star defender Duncan Keith, reports The Daily Herald’s John Dietz.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” Franson said. “I was playing with (Duncan Keith) for 20 minutes a night. Then you get a fluke injury, you take a few weeks to come back and all of a sudden they don’t know where you slot in. ...
"I can’t lie that I was hoping to get picked up and go to somebody that wanted me. All I can do now is go out there and try and play hard and hope for the best.”
Franson, who thought maybe the Hawks could have tried to trade him, did not finish there.
“The first sensation that went through me was, ‘Did they just not want me anymore? Could they not have traded me?’ ” Franson added. “You kind of have that sense of ‘What just happened?’ Like they’re literally just trying to get rid of me. You get that sense that there’s no value.”
Many fans across the National Hockey League do feel for Franson, who many thought would be claimed off the waiver wire. He could end up on the trade block now before the deadline, but it might not be all good news. A team that picks him off the market could also send him down to the minors. We will have to wait and see... Just like Franson himself...