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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Cody Franson, Leafs agree to deal

By Pierre LeBrun
ESPN.com

TORONTO -- Cody Franson's contract stalemate ended Thursday as the defenseman agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The deal is for $2 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Both sides moved from their positions to make the deal happen. The Leafs had been insisting on a two-year term; Franson had wanted close to $3.5 million in salary.

Franson has missed most of training camp but signs with the regular season just around the corner as Toronto opens at Montreal on Tuesday night. The top-four blue-liner was terrific for Toronto last season, posting 29 points (4-25) in 45 games.

"Franny's back!" Toronto center Nazem Kadri wrote on his Twitter account.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.