|Assets:||Displays excellent offensive instincts. Has a laser shot from the point and is adept at running the power play. Moves the puck well. Has excellent size for the defense position.|
|Flaws:||Needs to continue working on his defensive-zone coverage and overall consistency. Can at times look sluggish as a skater. Must also use his massive frame more to his advantage.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent offensive defenseman with size.|
|AHL||Second All-Star Team||2008-09|
|Memorial Cup||All-Star Team||2006-07|
|7/21/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.|
|7/05/2014||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|6/30/2014||Toronto Maple Leafs tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/13/2014||Missed 1 game (stomach virus).|
|3/11/2014||Stomach virus, day-to-day.|
|12/04/2013||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|11/30/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|9/26/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.|
|6/29/2013||Toronto Maple Leafs tendered a qualifying offer.|
|1/13/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.|
|10/01/2012||Signed with Brynas IF (Sweden).|
|3/15/2012||Missed 2 games (facial injury).|
|3/11/2012||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2011||Acquired from the Nashville Predators.|
|12/22/2010||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|12/17/2010||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|3/07/2010||Missed 9 games (rib injury).|
|3/06/2010||Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL).|
|2/03/2010||Rib injury, late February.|
|12/16/2009||Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL).|
|12/13/2009||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|10/16/2009||Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/30/2009||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/28/2008||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/23/2007||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/21/2006||Returned to his junior team (Vancouver-WHL).|
|7/02/2006||Signed by the Nashville Predators to a entry-level contract.|
|9/16/2005||Returned to his junior team (Vancouver-WHL).|
|1/15/0810||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Nashville Predators to a two-year contract.|
|7/03/2011||Toronto Maple Leafs traded Bredd Lebda and Robert Slaney from the Nashville Predators for Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi.|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 3rd round (79th overall) in 2005.|
Cody Franson, Maple Leafs avoid arbitration | 07/21/2014 10:00 AM
NewsCody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Steve Simmons on Twitter
ImpactFranson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Report: Leafs, Cody Franson close to deal | 07/20/2014 10:00 PM
NewsWell-connected hockey insider Josh Rimer has tweeted that the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Cody Franson are close to agreeing on a contract and may be able to avoid Monday's scheduled salary-arbitration hearing.
ImpactReports surfaced Saturday that the Leafs and Franson were far apart and that a hearing seemed likely. There was a big difference in the salary figures the sides were obligated to submit. Franson submitted a salary of $4.2 million while the Leafs suggested in their submission that Franson should be paid $2 million next season. Franson scored five goals and collected 33 points in 79 games last season.
Leafs, D Cody Franson far apart on contract | 07/19/2014 10:40 PM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are far apart in what they believe the defenseman should be paid.
ImpactFranson's salary arbitration hearing against the Maple Leafs is scheduled for Monday but there's a big difference in the submissions the sides have made to the scheduled arbitrator. Franson believes he should be paid $4.2 million while the Leafs believe he should be paid $2 million. That difference of $2.2 million means a hearing could get ugly. Last season, Franson had five goals and 33 points in 79 games. He had 29 points during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Cody Franson's arbitration date is July 21 | 07/09/2014 5:05 PM
NewsCody Franson is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on July 21.
ImpactFranson earned $2 million in 2013-14. He scored five goals and 33 points in 79 games, but also finished with a minus-20 rating.
Cody Franson registers for salary arbitration | 07/05/2014 1:58 PM
NewsCody Franson has filed for salary arbitration.
Ken Campbell on Twitter
ImpactHis contract negotiations with the Leafs caused him to sit out most of training camp last year. Franson's name has surfaced in plenty of trade rumors this summer, so there's a chance he could be moved before his hearing.
Cody Franson has arbitration rights this time | 06/24/2014 5:12 PM
NewsCody Franson has arbitration rights if contract negotiations linger again with the Maple Leafs.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactHe missed most of training camp last year because of a contract dispute and ended up signing a one-year, $2 million deal. Unfortunately for Franson, he wasn't able to increase his value in 2013-14. He recorded five goals and 33 points in 79 games to go with an ugly minus-20 rating.
Other teams interested in Leafs' Franson | 06/19/2014 12:59 PM
NewsAccording to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have received trade offers for Cody Franson.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactHowever, Toronto would prefer to get Franson, who will be a restricted free agent next month, signed to another contract. The Leafs don't think the offers they've received are sufficient enough either.
Cody Franson not thinking about future yet | 04/10/2014 11:33 AM
NewsCody Franson is slated for restricted free agency this summer.
ImpactHe signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs after he held out for most of training camp. He might end up being used as trade bait in the off-season. "As players, we can only control what we can control. The rest is up to the people upstairs," he said. "We've still got two games to pay and there will be lots of time for reflecting. There's some decisions that have to be made, but we'll worry about that after the season's done." Franson posted five goals and 33 points in 77 games this season.
| 03/14/2014 2:29 AM
NewsCody Franson returned to action on Thursday March 13.
Cody Franson (illness) hopes to play Thursday | 03/13/2014 3:22 PM
NewsCody Franson hopes to return from his illness on Thursday night.
Mark Masters on Twitter
ImpactHe isn't quite feeling 100 percent, but he could still end up dressing against Los Angeles. The Leafs could end up dressing seven defensmen, which they have done in several games this year.
Cody Franson sits Tuesday with stomach issue | 03/12/2014 9:40 AM
NewsCody Franson wasn't able to play Tuesday night because of a stomach ailment.
ImpactHe doesn't have a point in his last nine games and he's recorded 27 in 64 contests this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Cody Franson has struggled defensively | 01/16/2014 10:57 AM
NewsCody Franson has struggled defensively in 2013-14.
ImpactHe's made several defensive mistakes and his glaring turnovers have been turning into goals for the opposition. Franson has contributed two goals and 21 points in 47 games, but he also a minus-12 rating. Additionally, he ranks second in the league with 176 hits. Franson hasn't performed up to expectations, but he has provided fantasy owners with enough to stay in the lineup.
Cody Franson finally scores in loss to LA | 12/11/2013 11:24 PM
NewsCody Franson scored the only Toronto goal in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings.
ImpactThe power play marker was actually the first of the campaign for Franson, who registered four goals and 25 assists in 45 games last season. Phil Kessel and Jake Gardiner drew assists on the goal.
Cody Franson is expected to play Thursday | 12/04/2013 12:30 PM
NewsCody Franson (lower body) will be available on Thursday.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactFranson missed two straight games due to the ailment. He has 13 assists in 26 games this season.
Cody Franson is out Tuesday | 12/03/2013 6:38 PM
NewsCody Franson (lower body) will not return on Tuesday.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactFranson was previously listed as a game-time decision. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines.
Cody Franson is a game-time decision Tuesday | 12/03/2013 12:13 PM
NewsCody Franson (lower body) is considered a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Joe Yerdon on Twitter
ImpactFranson was receiving treatment Tuesday morning. He has 13 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 26 games in 2013-14.
Cody Franson should return from LBI Tuesday | 12/02/2013 5:11 PM
NewsEven though Cody Franson didn't take part in Monday's practice, he is projected to play against San Jose on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe was apparently held out of the session as a precaution after he missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. Franson has 13 assists in 26 games this season and 10 of them have come on the power play.
Cody Franson skips practice Monday due to LBI | 12/02/2013 3:53 PM
NewsCody Franson (lower body) didn't take part in Monday's practice.
ImpactHe didn't play Saturday because of a lower-body injury. Franson appeared to be hurt after Friday's game in Buffalo and he may have aggravated the injury during Saturday's pregame warmup.
Cody Franson out Saturday with suspected LBI | 11/30/2013 7:00 PM
NewsCody Franson won't play Saturday night because of an apparent lower-body injury.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactHe limped to the bus after Friday's game in Buffalo and left warmups early on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Leafs set to reunite Franson and Mark Fraser | 11/27/2013 7:47 AM
NewsCody Franson will probably be reunited with Mark Fraser on Wednesday night against Pittsburgh.
ImpactThe two of them haven't played much together this season even though they were strong tandem for the Leafs during the lockout-shortened campaign. Franson has a minus-5 rating this year after he was a plus-4 a year ago. He also has 12 assists and no goals in 24 games.
Franson is among top offensive defensemen | 10/20/2013 11:21 AM
NewsCody Franson is tied for third among NHL defensemen in points.
ImpactFranson registered an assist on Saturday to give him seven points in nine games. He nearly missed the start of the season because he was at odds with the Maple Leafs when it came to his contract negotiations as a restricted free agent. He ended up inking a one-year/$2 million deal, setting him up for a potentially lucrative contract this summer.
Franson to play Saturday v Oilers | 10/12/2013 12:46 PM
NewsCody Franson will be in the Toronto lineup for Saturday's game against Edmonton.
Paul Hendrick Twitter
ImpactHe showed no ill effects from a face plant he received from Mike Fisher in Thursday's game at practice on Friday. Make sure you have Franson active.
Cody Franson gets stitches, appears to be OK | 10/11/2013 7:54 AM
NewsCody Franson was directed face first into the curved glass at the end of the Leafs' bench Thursday night by Nashville forward Mike Fisher.
ImpactFranson left a pool of blood on the ice when he left for repairs and Fisher received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Franson was seen after the game walking out of the dressing room with stitches in his nose. Coach Randy Carlyle said that Franson's visor is what cut him. The Toronto defenseman appears to be OK besides that, which is good news. The battered Leafs can't afford to lose anymore players and Franson has recorded two assists, nine shots and a plus-2 rating in five outings this year.
Cody Franson will play Friday and Saturday | 09/26/2013 6:22 PM
NewsCody Franson is expected to dress in both of Toronto's remaining exhibition contests.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactThe Leafs will play back-to-back games versus the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and Saturday. Franson signed a one-year deal with Toronto on Thursday and joined his teammates for practice.
Leafs, Cody Franson agree to one-year deal | 09/26/2013 9:17 AM
NewsCody Franson has signed a one-year/$2 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ImpactFranson missed most of the preseason, but Toronto still has two exhibition games left, so he might get some playing time before the Maple Leafs' season opener. His cap hit is ideal from Toronto's perspective after Franson scored four goals and 29 points in 45 games last season. That said, he has arbitration rights next summer, so he could be in for a big raise in 2014-15.
RFA Cody Franson may consider Europe | 09/21/2013 2:04 PM
NewsRestricted free agent Cody Franson may consider signing a contract to play in Europe while he waits for a new NHL deal.
Impact"I haven't explored (overseas options) but I know that's definitely something I might have to consider," he told Sportsnet.ca. "Hopefully it doesn't come to that, but it's not like I haven't been over there before." He suited up for Brynas in the Swedish Elite league during the lockout last year. Franson, who hasn't been at Leafs' training camp, has been practicing with Ryerson University men's hockey team. His negotiations with the Maple Leafs aren't going anywhere right now.
Leafs, Cody Franson talks are at a standstill | 09/19/2013 11:16 AM
NewsCody Franson is still a no-show at Toronto's training camp because his contract negotiations with the team are at a standstill.
Impact"I think it's in my best interests and the team's best interests to do it (sign a one-year deal)," he told TSN Tuesday. "That's part of negotiations. We'll see how it goes." He is believed to be seeking a one-year deal worth $3 million, but the Leafs would rather sign him to longer term contract because the club has several blueliners to sign already, including Dion Phaneuf, Mark Fraser, Paul Ranger and Jake Gardiner, after the 2013-14 season.
Cody Franson, Leafs remain deadlocked | 09/13/2013 10:46 AM
NewsCody Franson told TSN that he thinks a contract will be worked out with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the very near future.
Impact"I really like playing in Toronto," he said. "I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like my game took a step forward. I understand the cap situation this team faces and have been ready to sign a one-year deal for some time. I hope this gets worked out soon so I can get back on the ice with my teammates." However, it looks like negotiations have hit a bit of a wall. Franson is reportedly open to signing a one-year deal worth $3 million, but the Leafs would prefer to get him under a two-year contract at a "fair number" because they have several defenders who are eligible for free agency next summer.
Leafs not progressing with RFA Cody Franson | 09/11/2013 9:06 AM
NewsThe Maple Leafs will try to get Cody Franson signed now that they have agreed to terms with center Nazem Kadri.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactTSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted Tuesday night that "there's been no progress/movement on that front" in reference to contract talks between the Leafs and Franson. The 26-year-old defenseman broke out offensively during the lockout-shortened season with 29 points in 45 matches. He also racked up 124 hits, 59 blocks and a plus-4 rating.
Franson not frustrated by contract status | 09/05/2013 8:54 AM
NewsCody Franson is still hopeful that he'll have a new contract with Toronto before training camp begins next week.
Impact"It's not frustrating," Franson said of the ongoing negotiation process. "It's just part of the business. I'm preparing as if there is nothing to worry about. I don't want to miss camp, that's when you get used to the new guys on the team, and get back with the guys who were here last year. My agent is talking with (the Leafs) and that's where it stands, I'm really not too sure what's going on."
Report: Franson may have to sign 1-year deal | 09/02/2013 7:26 PM
NewsCody Franson may have to settle for a one-year contract.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactThe restricted free agent defender still doesn't have a contract with training camp set to begin next week. Franson finished in a three-way tie for sixth among defensemen in scoring last season with 29 points in 45 games. It looks like he'll have to prove himself again in order to get a bigger pay day next summer.
Leafs feel they can fit Franson under cap | 08/18/2013 3:10 PM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs remain committed to re-signing Cody Franson.
ImpactThe Maple Leafs already have six defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn't include Jake Gardiner. Combine that with the fact that they have less than $5 million left in cap space and still need to re-sign restricted free agent Nazem Kadri, and that's led to speculation that Toronto might simply trade the rights to Franson. That might still happen, but for now Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is insisting that he can fit both Franson and Kadri under the cap ceiling.
Report: Maple Leafs might trade Cody Franson | 07/26/2013 1:19 PM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs might opt to trade the rights to restricted free agent Cody Franson.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactIt sounds like Franson's contract demands are making them think twice about keeping him. By signing David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak to big contracts, the Maple Leafs have put themselves in an awkward cap situations. They also recently threw $1 million at Paul Ranger, who is attempting an NHL comeback after showing what he can do in the AHL last season. That gives the Maple Leafs just over $6 million in cap space with Franson, Matt Fraser, Leo Komarov, and Nazem Kadri still unsigned as restricted free agents.
Cody Franson scores twice in Game 7 defeat | 05/13/2013 10:47 PM
NewsCody Franson scored Toronto's first two goals in the Maple Leafs' eventual 5-4 loss in overtime of Monday's Game 7.
ImpactFranson was guilty of a brutal turnover on the first goal of the game when he tried to clear the puck between his legs through the middle of the ice. Of course, the Bruins pounced and scored shortly after, but Franson's two goals over the first and second periods staked the Leafs to a lead they wouldn't relinquish until the final minute of the third. Unfortunately for Franson, that wasn't enough as Boston won Game 7 six minutes into overtime to eliminate Toronto.
Cody Franson will skate with Jake Gardiner | 05/10/2013 4:21 PM
NewsCody Franson will be paired with Jake Gardiner in Game 5 Friday night.
ImpactFranson normally plays alongside Mark Fraser, but he's recovering from surgery to repair broken bones in his forehead after getting struck in the face by the puck in Game 4. The 25-year-old blueliner has played well offensively in the series with three points in four games. Franson also has 14 hits.
Cody Franson departs in 2nd with injury | 05/01/2013 10:11 PM
NewsCody Franson left Game 1 of the Leafs' first-round series in the second period with an undisclosed injury.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactFranson blocked a shot with his left foot, and ended up with only three shifts in the second period, so it appears that's what caused him to depart. Coach Randy Carlyle had no update on Franson's status. The rearguard had an assist on the lone goal.
Cody Franson has 29 points in 45 games | 04/28/2013 10:49 AM
NewsCody Franson had an assist in Toronto's final regular season game.
ImpactFranson had 10 points in 12 April games to give him 29 points in 45 contests this season. That's more than we anticipated going into the season, but we wouldn't dismiss his breakout campaign. Franson is capable of surpassing the 40-point mark next season.
Cody Franson helps Leafs get by Devils | 04/16/2013 10:15 AM
NewsCody Franson picked up a power-play assist and he recorded nine hits in Toronto's win over New Jersey Monday night.
ImpactHe has one goal and five helpers in his last eight games. Franson has been a pleasant surprise with 24 points, 113 hits and 45 blocked shots in 39 contests this season. Most of his time as a Leaf had been spent in the press box prior to the 2013 campaign, but he's found a place for himself now and has been helping Dion Phaneuf quarterback the top power play unit.
Cody Franson is blossoming on Leafs' blueline | 03/21/2013 12:19 PM
NewsCody Franson has enjoyed a spectacular turnaround season in 2013 with Toronto.
ImpactHe couldn't get out coach Ron Wilson's doghouse last season and spent some games at the beginning of this campaign in the press box as well. However, ever since he got back into the lineup he's been solid at both ends of the ice. Franson is tied for fourth in team scoring, with 17 points in 27 games, and he owns a plus-12 rating. He also gets top-unit power-play minutes and has been credited with 69 hits.
Cody Franson is upping his fantasy value | 02/12/2013 11:48 AM
NewsCody Franson should be garnering some fantasy attention with his play of late.
ImpactHe's finally starting to look like the player that showed a great deal of promise when he was starting out with the Nashville Predators. Franson has produced five assists in his last four games to give him eight points in 10 outings this season. He also owns a plus-6 rating and has been credited with 24 hits.
Cody Franson plays strong game for Leafs | 01/30/2013 2:33 PM
NewsCody Franson enjoyed his best game of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Buffalo.
ImpactHe generated a goal, an assist, two shots and a plus-3 rating against the Sabres in just over 13 minutes of ice time. Franson looked much more like the player he was when he was successful in his brief tenure with Nashville. He has struggled to find playing with the Leafs, but more games like this will go a long way to helping him stay in the lineup.
Cody Franson returns to press box with Leafs | 01/24/2013 1:16 PM
NewsCody Franson suited up in Toronto's opener of the 2013 campaign, but he has been a healthy scratch for the team's past two games.
ImpactWith the Maple Leafs getting Jake Gardiner back from concussion-like symptoms and Mike Kostka's emergence, it looks like Franson will be in tough for playing time again. He sat frequently as a healthy scratch last season as well and it's not far-fetched to believe that he could become trade bait.
Cody Franson officially rejoins Maple Leafs | 01/15/2013 3:17 PM
NewsCody Franson has rejoined the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending the lockout playing in the Swedish Elite League.
ImpactTuesday was the first time Franson practiced with the Leafs after signing a one-year contract. He registered 21 points in 57 games last season and figures to see more time this year with Luke Schenn in Philadelphia. Expect Franson to score around 20 points and spend time quarterbacking the Leafs' second power-play unit.
Cody Franson has agreed to one-year deal | 01/13/2013 11:45 AM
NewsCody Franson has officially agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactFranson is still traveling back from Sweden today as he was playing with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League during the lockout. The defenseman had 21 points in 57 games with the Maple Leafs last season and was a healthy scratch in the remaining 25 games. However, with Luke Schenn now in Philadelphia he should get a chance to play more regularly.
Report: Cody Franson will re-sign with Leafs | 01/12/2013 9:10 PM
NewsCody Franson will re-up with the Leafs on a one-year deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactMcKenzie says the deal will likely be for just over $1 million. Franson amassed 21 points in 57 games with the Leafs last season. He had been playing in Sweden during the lockout.
|Goals||1||5 times-last:vs. Det||last:Mar 29||1|
|Assists||2||5 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 3||2|
|Points||2||5 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 3||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Buf||Nov 29||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at LA||last:Mar 13||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. LA||Dec 11||1|
|Power Play Points||1||18 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 3||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||79 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||79 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shots||4||6 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Mar 22||4|
|Penalty Minutes||30||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Tor)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2012-13 (Tor)|
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