Franson, Maple Leafs avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.3M deal

Leafs defenceman Cody Franson. (AFP/Getty files)

Leafs defenceman Cody Franson. (AFP/Getty files)


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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a Cody Franson contract story.

Once more, the Maple Leaf defenceman has gone short term after a one-year $3.3 million US deal was reached Monday morning, prior to a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto. Franson has sought a longer term in the past, but varying results since he joined the team in the summer of 2011 have seen the 26-year-old and the club clash at the bargaining table regarding his value.