Cody Franson Signs PTO With Chicago Blackhawks Per Reports

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 14: Cody Franson
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 14: Cody Franson /

According to reports the Chicago Blackhawks may have finally found some defensive depth from outside of the organization with the signing of Cody Franson

There has been that rumor out there that Cody Franson would be signing with the Chicago Blackhawks, and according to a report he has signed a PTO with training camp right around the corner.

It’s been a bit of surprise that no one has signed the free agent defenseman this summer, and as soon as the NHL went into hibernation many folks had his name circled for the Hawks to target.

There were rumors that it was between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton OIlers in the final two spots to sign Franson.

Of course there is the possibility of a gentleman’s agreement that Franson could remain a free agent until after the first game of the season, and then the Chicago Blackhawks could use the LTIR money from Marian Hossa‘s illness to sign Franson to a 1 year deal for this season.

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Franson does have pretty decent stats if you are into fancy stats that make him valuable to the Chicago Blackhawks that lack depth on defense period.  Plus he is a right handed shot which also makes him very valuable.

If Franson wasn’t signed than Michal Rozsival or Jan Rutta are most likely your options for the 8th defenseman, and let’s be honest that doesn’t sound very exciting for a team that wants to be considered a Stanley Cup Contender.

Franson is 30 years old and has played for the Buffalo Sabres the past two seasons.  He has 527 NHL games under his belt and has only been to the playoffs 4 times.

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This makes sense, we will see if its officially announced by the Blackhawks, until then it’s “Per Report”