Wow, i can't believe players like Fransson gets NHL contacts these days. Great skater, but he is horrible defensively and has no hockey sense. I would be very surprised if he gets more then 5-10 games in the NHL.
The LA Kings were in dire need of more puck-rushers against the VCanucks. That and another solid D-man. If the Kings pair him with MGreene it will offset his defensive shortcomings. Besides something happens to SEL players when they come over at age 24-25,they actually play well! Most of them anyways. Hope Johan Fransson is the answer to some of LA's problems! Good Luck to Johan!
DL did mention a couple of weeks ago that adding a highly skilled forward was not necessarily the best way to boost the club's 5-on-5 scoring. He offered Nashville and as an example; defensemen who can get the puck onto the forwards' sticks quickly can provide that boost, too.
We'll find out of Fransson is one of those. If he is (or if somebody else is), then DL only needs a shut down defenseman to spell/replace O'Donnell.
Up front, who knows? The club probably needs to add at least one top six, to replace Frolov, but a couple of off-ice considerations -- the cap and the marketing -- complicate the decision-making.
I like this signing, but hat's just based on what I know/read on Fransson ver the years. I remember when we got him, scouts said we effectively got a first-round prospects, because that was how well he was playing, just that his value was low since no one thought he'd ever come over.
And now he has.
He may fall on his face when he gets here, but for now great signing in my books.
It does beg the question on if we are going to do anything to our blueline come July 1st however, as likely Fransson is pencilled in to make the top 6/7 (25 years old and just a one year deal). If so, we are likely set, body-wise, and I assume any additions would involve a trade, or signing a UFA and trading another body out.
Note: not official yet
1 year, entry level contract, two-way, NHL salary = $690,000, AHL salary = $67,500
$90,000 signing bonus, apparently included in NHL salary, but not considered a performance bonus