Cody and Gards is a pairing for today's NHL. If you can't skate and pass the puck, as well as be responsible defensively, you aren't a complete package. Good on Cody showing the doubters what he brings to the table.
I'm amazed at Cody Franson's defensive development. When you have a player who can skate well ( for a big guy), solid two-way performance and a physical side, you sign him long. In fact, he is looking like a defenceman with top pairing upside.
Handling top pairing minutes, makes very little mistakes and is just 25 years old. While, I'd like a defenceman who is more steady defensively, Franson, he may be paired with Phaneuf. I still think we need a RHD, but that could change.
He and Gardiner have solidified our top-4. Now Nonis must allocate money wisely (ie. letting non-core pieces walk and going with internal development [ie. Colborne and co], and amnesty Liles, Komi) and lock up our young guns (Gardiner, Franson, Kadri, Riemer).