As I got in my car on Thursday to make the 15-minute commute to work I was doing so with the knowledge that the man who had been with the New Jersey Devils for 28-years, Lou Lamoriello, was still the team’s acting president. Read more
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Cody Franson was one of the hottest and biggest names headed into NHL free agency this offseason, I mean who doesn’t need a 6-foot, 5-inches tall, right handed shot defenseman that can log top-4 minutes while providing a physical presence and offensive production?
So, if Franson is indeed so coveted with plenty of teams needing help on the blueline (I know the Boston Bruins could certainly use him), why hasn’t the soon to be 28-year old who made $3.3 million last year signed anywhere yet? Are his contract demands too much? Is he looking for too many years or too many dollars?
While no one knows for sure what Franson is seeking, the latest rumors have the price of acquiring his services at anywhere from $4 million a year all the way up to $6.5 million with the terms ranging from 3-6 years. When looking at how defensemen are getting paid in today’s NHL those numbers don’t seem horrible for a guy like Franson who has plenty of size and skill while heading into the prime years of his career.
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But maybe its even simpler than that and some general managers are just flat-out hesitant to sign a player to such a lucrative deal who looked more than just a little lost at times while playing on a talented Nashville Predators squad. Franson has never been a high-end defenseman on a good team (doesn’t mean he can’t be in the right situation) and he struggled to find his way after getting dealt to the Predators last year from the Toronto Maple Leafs where he had excelled even on a dead in the water Leafs team.
Sure, Franson’s numbers were still respectable to end the year as he managed to rack up 36 points in 78 games, but he was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole in Nashville and he didn’t have the trust of head coach Peter Laviolette at all as he often found himself riding the pine for most of the game. Not exactly the kind of production you are looking for from a guy who cost your team a decent prospect and a 1st round pick, not too mention that same gentlemen is now trying to land himself quite the paycheck.
When all is said and done however, someone will sign Franson and they will be getting a very talented defenseman with plenty of upside both offensively and defensively. It just appears at the moment that no one is willing to overpay and at the end of the day I see him signing a deal very similar to that of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry who inked a 6-year, $33 million extension with the Habs this offseason. That contract also includes a no-movement clause in the first 3 years of the deal and a 15 team no-trade clause for the final 3 years, an addition Franson would be wise to include so he doesn’t find himself in the kind of situation he landed in in Nashville this past year.
Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans, the Leafs go and break a club record set back in 1967 by losing their 11th game in a row at the hands of the lowly New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-1 on Friday night. Read more
Last week the Los Angeles Kings made some waves when they sent 10-year NHL veteran and two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards down to the AHL and off their active roster.
The underperforming center unsurprisingly cleared waivers and he has since joined Paul “Biz Nasty” Bissonnette and the rest of the Manchester Monarchs all the away across the country in frosty New Hampshire. Read more
Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings are currently on losing streaks yet they still manage to sit a top the Atlantic division, at least for the time being as things appear to be getting very interesting and highly competitive within the division. Read more
In the United States of America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, when a case is made public and details become available, sometimes the judicial process takes a back seat to the judge and jury that is social media, right or wrong. Read more
How about those Detroit Red Wings? They just keep on winning but unfortunately for them so do the Tampa Bay Lightning and the two now find themselves tied for first place in both the Atlantic Division as well as the Eastern Conference. Read more
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings find themselves a top the standings with the Montreal Canadiens after both teams were able to post a good amount of wins during this past week’s of action in the NHL. Read more
Mike Milbury, it’s a name every hockey fan should know because whether it was as a player, general manager, coach or analyst he has always found a way to be a lightning rod for scrutiny and usually it’s for being overly aggressive (hence the nickname “Mad Mike”). Read more
The Montreal Canadiens continued their dominance of the NHL (even if they stumbled a bit on Sunday night) and in particular the Atlantic Division this week as they remain not only first in the division and the Eastern Conference, but the NHL as well.
With that said, let’s take a look at all the action that took place in the Atlantic this past week while taking a brief peek into what the future and what it may hold for these guys. Read more