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Maple Leafs sign Cody Franson, avoid arbitration

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson shoots against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Photo: Paul Sancya

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson shoots against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract.

This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.

The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points.

Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.

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