I don’t know about you but I was surprised when I heard the Toronto Maple Leafs finally caved and signed Cody Franson for one year. I’m thinking that there was a bigger plan at play here and there are three possible reasons I can see for signing him at this point in time.
1. Franson is trade bait.
The Leafs are thinking they can throw Franson into a package at the deadline (possibly with Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel but that’s just wishful thinking) to make a deal for a better player. If Franson plays well it will increase his worth and they can get something better than they would if some submitted an offer sheet.
2. Trading John-Michael Liles
I don’t even want to think about this as a possibility but it is an option so I have to say it.
3. Morgan Reilly going back to the WHL.
They could need Franson if they decide to move Reilly back to juniors. I think they will give Reilly as many games in the NHL as possible without losing a year on his contract but ultimately he will be spending the season in the WHL.
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