According to TSN’s Darren Dreger the Toronto Maple Leafs may consider moving defenceman Cody Franson a restricted free agent looking at a major payday.
The Leafs still have significant room under the NHL salary cap – according to capgeek.com with 20 players under contract the Leafs have just over $6 million available to sign their restricted free agents. Add in roughly a million to sign Mark Fraser and the club has roughly $5 million left for their two big-ticket restricted free agents: Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.
And that’s problematic particularly if (as Dreger’s report indicates) Franson is looking for something in the ballpark of $4.0 million per season.
We’ll start with Kadri. The 22 year-old had a brilliant season putting up 44 points in 48 games (the second best total on the team) along with a plus-15 rating. There is at least one significant caveat on that total – while Kadri’s clearly a very good player the Leafs also converted shots at a 14.4% rate with him on the ice...