Thread: TSN: No Nhl For Franson.
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10-01-2012, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TheSilencer View Post
Is this supposed to be a big deal?
I mean, with the lockout happening and everything, isn't it expected that players will sign overseas?
Yes, but if the lockout is lifted and we have a season eventually, Franson will not be back. He signed a contract, not a lockout contract, overseas. This is an actual contract and he decided to do so because he had the right to considering he was an RFA. He had yet to re-sign with the Leafs and so decided to go overseas for the year; lockout or not, he's there for the year and IF he ever comes back, remains Leafs property. Plenty of guys have signed lockout contracts, which are totally different than regular contracts. Once the lockout lifts, those contracts become nil and they are expected back to the NHL. Franson's contract is not a lockout contract so he is there for the year.

Radulov did the same thing in Nashville, but unlike Franson, was not an RFA at the time he signed, which made it technically illegal. Plenty of players do this as RFAs though, although Franson is somewhat surprising, seeing as he looked to have a spot in Toronto playing every night from now on for sure. Typically, younger RFAs who can't crack the NHL and don't want to play in the AHL go overseas as RFAs to get playing time there and try to return a year or two later. Linus Omark just left this past summer and Jesse Joensuu just came back after spending a year with HV 71. No reason to think Franson won't come back eventually, but he wasn't believed happy in Toronto so there's a reason to believe when he does come back, if he does, that he might request a trade out. Either that or he'll have to play it out until UFA status if he wishes to play in the NHL in the future, then decide where he goes on his own once he has that right.

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