Few players can bring all of the positives to a hockey team like Cody Franson. The 6″5 defender is a strong net-front presence, and can generate offensive at even strength or on the power-play. His 29 points in 45 games was first amongst Leafs defenceman last year, and matched his career points high, albeit in 35 less games. From that standpoint, the Leafs simply can't afford to lose such a valuable asset for an extended amount of time.
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