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September 19, 2013 | 4:44pm ET
Franson, Leafs hit stalemate
TheFourthPeriod.com

Contract negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson have hit a wall.

Franson, 26, is looking for a one-year deal, according to Pierre LeBrun's article ESPN.com, while the Leafs want a two-year contract.

A source "close to the action" told LeBrun the two sides are in a "holding pattern" right now.

With the salary cap set to jump after this season is over, the Leafs are hoping that they can take save some money for a year from Franson signing a two-year agreement.

Franson is still two years away from unrestricted free agency -- next summer he'll still be an RFA, with arbitration rights.

According to LeBrun, the Leafs' depth on the blueline hasn't forced the team's hand in trying to complete a deal sooner rather than later.

LeBrun also believes the Leafs will pitch a contract offer to UFA forward Mason Raymond, who has been skating with the Leafs on a tryout basis.


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