UHS COACH NYE TALKS HOCKEY with JEFF SCHNEBERK
Hey folks it’s summer time and the ‘ol Coach will be off for a bit. But no worries here as ‘Star-Studded’ sports writer Jeff Schneberk has dropped in to share with us all his views on our Toronto Maple Leafs and the happenings in Leaf Nation.
Take it away Jeff and we will see you all soon- Can you hear the horn honking, it’s road trip time!!
I think I’d rather have Cody Franson than Dion Phaneuf
BY Jeff Schneberk
Even long after the Stanley Cup has been won, the ‘other side’ of hockey continues to rage on.
By other side, we are talking the contract talks that almost all teams and most players are involved in.
While the baseball Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion blasted 2 home runs in the same inning, one of which was a Grand Slam, there were much different talks going on just down the street.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to have a tough decision on their hands regarding contract talks with defenceman Cody Franson.
Someone said the young blueliner is looking for a deal somewhere in the area of $4M. I ain’t no scientist or nothing but there is probably no way in tarnation that he is going to get that kind of money in Toronto. He might get it somewhere else. But probably not in Toronto. Franson has already proven that he can play in the NHL in one of the toughest markets in the history of the world.
My question is this. Why on earth would you want to play somewhere else. Listen up kids, this is how it’s gone so far. Franson came in last year and was hurting badly (just like everyone else) while playing under then coach Ron Wilson.
Judging by the way the Maple Leafs played this season, they will be going places in the years to come. Wouldn’t you rather play in a market like Toronto instead of heading somewhere where nobody cares about hockey, like Nashville or Florida.
There is no way the Leafs can afford to let this kid walk.
The Leafs would like to keep him but may not be able to afford him.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweeted on Friday that trade speculation surrounding the restricted free agent will heat up.
Dreger also suggested that the return for Franson in any possible trade might be a prospect and a draft pick.
Franson, 25, led all Toronto blueliners in scoring with four goals and 29 points last season. Franson also chipped in with 3 goals and 3 assists during 7 playoff games this season; which I might add is exactly double what team captain Dion Phaneuf produced.
The Maple Leafs acquired Franson two seasons ago in a trade with the Nashville Predators.
Franson is already part of a long list of (somewhat) dependable defencemen that were part of the Leaf team that nearly made the 2nd round: Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson (who just recently re-signed), JM Liles, Mark Fraser (you cannot have enough guys like this in your line up), Paul Ranger just signed a $1M deal, Jake Gardiner hopefully won’t be going anywhere (except with Toronto), Ryan O’Byrne and Korbinian Holzer. For more on the NHL, follow my blog on Twitter at at https://twitter.com/