Buffalo Sabres Rumors: Cody Franson Firmly on the Radar

Buffalo Sabres Rumors: Cody Franson Firmly on the Radar

The Buffalo Sabres are still looking for at least one more veteran defenseman to help the team. According to several sources, that defenseman could be Cody Franson.

As recently reported by Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News, the Sabres are apparently in the process of trying to convince Franson to come to Western New York. They have allegedly offered him a two-year deal.

What makes the offer so important, is that the 28-year old has had to settle for one-year deals in each of his last three campaigns. He is almost certainly looking to sign a multi-year contract on this occasion.

The question is, does making a move for Franson represent a smart decision? It really does depend on your perspective.

For everyone who says the Sicamous, BC native is a useful defender, there is someone who believes he’s only effective on the power play. For each person that thinks he has a lot of talent, somebody will argue he has never fulfilled his potential.

For what it’s worth, Franson would certainly bring the veteran leadership the Sabres are looking for. It also can’t hurt to have a defenseman, who is a threat at the offensive end of the ice.

This particularly held true for the 2005 third round draft pick, during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had 115 points in 236 games. In total, the right-shot defenseman has 169 points in 400 games.

The Sabres are not the only ones to be linked to Franson. Among those apparently in contention for his signature include the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and his most recent team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

One important factor to consider, is that Buffalo are in a better situation than most in respect of the salary cap. While a lot of teams are close to the limit, the Sabres have around $12 million of cap space remaining.