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07-27-2013, 10:20 AM
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I find it amazing that a guy has one good year and people are ready to write him a blank cheque and are calling Nonis an idiot for not giving him whatever he wants. As far as the comparisons to the Clarkson and Bozak contracts the difference is that they were unrestricted as opposed to restricted free agents. You have a lot more leverage with a restricted free agent and can therefore play hardball a lot more.

Franson had a good year, but I also remember the year before when he was a frequent healthy scratch and when I barely batted an eye when he threatened to stay in Sweden after the lockout.

This is a classic case of a player trying to exploit one decent year into a home run contract. He doesn't deserve it at this point. Sign a two year deal and do this two more times and then we'll open the wallet. Until then realize that Franson is not an elite defenceman and is not deserving of what he is asking for.

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