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February 10, 2017 | 2:30pm ET
Franson injury could affect trade

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Cody Franson was spotted Friday morning wearing a walking boot over his foot after he blocked a shot in the team's last game.

Franson, 29, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

If the Sabres fails to make up any ground on a playoff position this month, the team is expected to trade Franson, but this injury could get in the way of that.

"Franson blocked a shot in his foot and more evaluation for today," Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma told reporters earlier today, as quoted by John Vogl of the Buffalo News. "He is not going to be playing tomorrow or Sunday."

Franson along with teammates Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Gionta have generated interest from other teams and could be dealt by the March 1 trade deadline if the right offers came along.

It's unclear how long Franson will be out of action for. His picture could become clearer later today.


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