In a Daily Debate column on ESPN, while discussing the rumors that Montreal is looking for a defenceman, Pierre LeBrun mentioned this which has been supposed recently, but this is the first time I've seen it from an actual good source.
It just so happens that Cody Franson is available in Toronto, although I'm not sure whether any of those three teams has interest in him.
I'd be curious where he winds up. Part of this, I chalk up to Jake Gardiner passing him on the depth chart, and another part of this would stem to Brian Burke possibly being annoyed at Franson complaining about not playing, but it also seems there was maybe something to all those Predators fans who suggested Franson's numbers were a by-product of being well-protected by coach Barry Trotz.
I think that Columbus, Montreal, NYR and Edmonton should look at Franson as an option. He is a capable 3rd pairing guy who can play the point on the 2nd unit PP. Would the Leafs accept an early 3rd from C-Bus or Edmonton?
Don't see the Habs being interested in Franson. Diaz has fit in nicely and Weber has shown progression and is starting to play more minutes effectively. Franson may have a bigger/taller body than those guys, but I don't see him displacing them or representing any significant upgrade.
I don't see bottom-pairing/shelter-requiring depth defenseman as being a need for the Habs. They could use a top-4 guy who can do the sheltering, but nothing less. Hopefully Markov comes back and stays back and can provide that, since it seems like the market is going to offer mostly bottom-pairing guys, and the price for true top-4 reliability is understandably out of Montreal's reach.
The Leafs will probably receive a 3rd round draft choice for him. Why would Burke try any harder to get more? The fact that Lombardi is playing decently makes that trade a win regardless of what happens to Franson.
Absolutely not. Not sure why people decide to throw in Bozak as if he was trash. He slots into our 3rd line perfectly, and has been solid so far this season. AK wouldn't fit anywhere on the Leafs lineup.
Darren Dreger mentioned on TSN Radio 1050 that the Leafs are only "mildly" interested in trading Franson.
That's if the right offer comes along because, as Dreger mentioned, it's still quite early in the season. The tenor of the conversation suggests teams are calling Toronto, inquiring about guys like Gunnarsson and Franson, not that Toronto is actively shopping either player (most notably Gunnarsson, whom they apparently have "no interest" in moving at this time).
If you're a GM, it's your job to listen to offers that come across the table from your colleagues throughout the league. With the depth we have on defense, and kids like Keith Aulie and Jesse Blacker fine-tuning their games for the big club, the Leafs can probably afford to part with some talent or potential on the back-end. What Brian Burke would be looking for in return (perhaps a draft pick if he doesn't see Franson in this team's long-term plans, perhaps a package with a more significant piece) is anybody's guess, really.
The Leafs will probably receive a 3rd round draft choice for him. Why would Burke try any harder to get more for him? The fact that Lombardi is playing decently makes that trade a win regardless of what happens to Franson.
Becasue thats what half decent GMs are supposed to do?? why wouldnt he try is the better question.
anyways i doubt he gets moved for 3rd rounder, seems to low and im sure burke would package him with someone else to get a top 6 forward.