Franson Signs 2-year Deal
Yesterday GM David Poile announced that Cody Franson and been re-signed to a new contract. The extension is worth 1.6 million over two years at 800,000 per year. Franson is expected to become a full time player this coming season and possibly take a second pairing role and attempt to help the struggling power play and offense.
This is the team’s press release...
“Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
Franson, 23 (8/8/87) posted 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 contests for the Predators a season ago, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to hit the 20-point mark (Dan Hamhuis, 2003-04), tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in points, and ranking third in goals. The 6-5, 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., also led all rookies and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15), and paced all rookie defensemen in game-winning goals (3) in 2009-10. Franson played in four of Nashville’s six postseason games this past spring, notching his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago.
Nashville's third choice, 79th overall (third round), in the 2005 Entry Draft spent two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals before moving onto Nashville, being named a Second-Team AHL All-Star in 2008-09 and to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2007-08. Franson capped his amateur career by winning the 2007 Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants (WHL), being named to the tournament’s all-star team, and a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships. He also appeared in the 2006 Memorial Cup, leading all defensemen in scoring in both that tournament and the WHL Playoffs.”
This is the last real signing that Poile had to make this off-season; this solidifies the team’s defence and gives them a solid core going forward. With this signing four of six defenseman’s contracts expire at the end of the 11-12 seasons and one wrapping up at the end of this season and the other at the end of the 2013 season.
Even with the new contract Poile has made it clear that he still has to earn a spot on the roster again this year, so it should make for an interesting training camp as the Predators are known for having great depth in defective prospects.
Can’t wait till training camp and remember its only 8 days away.