Buffalo, NY: The Buffalo Sabres and free agent defenseman Cody Franson (8/8/1987) agreed to a two-year contract Thursday morning. The deal was first reported by TSN’s senior hockey insider Bo McKenzie via twitter Wednesday night.
Franson finished the 2014-15 season as a Nashville Predator after being acquired through a mid-season trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Franson has appeared in over 400 games and is known for being a power-play specialist. Last season he set career high’s in points and asssits in 78 games played.
Franson was scratched on multiple occasions with the Preds including during the playoff match-up versus the Chicago Blackhawks. The veteran defenseman did not have any ill feelings toward the Nashville organization referring to them as first class during his media scrum this afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
Franson left a situation in Toronto where he was playing top minutes to being used in more of a “depth role” (as he put it) in Nashville.
Since the entry draft last June Franson has met with half a dozen teams but liked this situation with the Sabres. He credited the Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly signings and the Jack Eichel pick as part of his reasons for signing with the Sabres.
Additionally he resides in Kelowna, BC and is a neighbor of current Sabre Josh Gorges.