The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Cody Franson, re-signing him to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. An arbiter has awarded Vladimir Sobotka a one-year, $2.7 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It went down to the wire for Franson and the Leafs. It was believed he sought over $4 million per season while the Leafs countered with $2.2 million. They were able to find a suitable midway figure.
Franson will be eligible for UFA status next summer, so this deal gives him an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a more lucrative deal, while giving the Leafs another season to evaluate him.
As for Sobotka, he’ll be playing in the KHL next season so his one-year arbitration award will carry forward to when he returns to the NHL, be it with the Blues or another club.