Pending unrestricted free agent Cody Franson has spoken with “half a dozen” teams, agent Gerry Johannson tells PHT.
Since Thursday, pending UFAs have been allowed to have dialogue with other teams leading into July 1.
Franson’s one-year, $3.3 million deal is set to expire, making him a UFA for the first time in his career.
“Just tire-kicking. General stuff,” Johannson said of the talks. “We already know who the teams are that would need someone like Cody anyway. The conversations have been pretty light.”
With a total of 28 right-shot defenseman expected to hit the open market on Wednesday, per Generalfanager.com, Franson, along with Washington Capitals blue liner Mike Green, are expected to be highly coveted in free agency.
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Johannson believes Jeff Petry’s new six-year, $33 million extension is the right “ballpark” for his client as he heads into the open market. Petry’s deal includes a full no-movement clause in the first three years of the deal and a 15-team no-trade clause for the final three years.
Franson appeared in 78 games split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators during the 2014-15 season, registering seven goals and 29 assists while averaging 19:38 in ice time.
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