Maple Leafs, Cody Franson remain apart in contract talks
The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Cody Franson remain at loggerheads over a new contract.
Franson, a restricted free agent, has not reported to Leafs camp, hoping to convince the team to sign him to a one-year deal. The team wants Franson to sign a multi-year deal.
“I just think with the current cap situation we’re in, a one-year (deal) would suit the team the best,” Franson told TSN on Tuesday after working out with the Ryerson Rams. “They’ve got a little bit of a crunch on numbers and I’m trying to make it happen for both sides.
“I think it’s in my best interests and the team’s best interests to do it (sign a one-year deal). That’s part of negotiations. We’ll see how it goes.”
Franson had a career year last season with four goals and 25 assists in the lock-out shortened season, leading all Leafs defencemen in points.
Franson is believed to be asking for a one-year deal worth $3 million, hoping that next season — when the salary cap rises — he can sign a longer term, bigger money deal.
But as a restricted free agent, he doesn’t have a lot of leverage.