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By SI Wire
July 21, 2014

The Maple Leafs avoided arbitration with Cody Franson by agreeing with him on a one-year deal Monday, only hours before the scheduled arbitration hearing, the team announcedAccording to multiple reports, the deal is worth $3.3 million. 

Franson was a restricted free agent. His new contract allows him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. 

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A 26-year-old defenseman, Franson has played three seasons in Toronto since being traded there from Nashville in July 2011. 

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In 79 games last season, Franson tallied 33 points, with a -20 rating. 

- Dan Gartland

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