Cody Franson could be returning to the Atlantic Division, but it won’t be with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, the Sabres are offering the 6-foot-5, right-handed blueliner a two-year contract.
Nothing has been confirmed and a potential salary is unknown, but Franson is coming off three consecutive one-year contracts and said earlier in the summer he wanted a multi-year deal. The 28-year-old put up a career high 36 points in 78 games split between the Leafs and Nashville Predators last year on a $3.3 million salary cap hit.
The Sabres are a team with which Franson could potentially flourish. Franson would immediately help a Sabres power play that ranked dead last in the NHL in 2014-15. He’s an underrated puck mover and displays patience in the offensive zone. Those qualities could pay major dividends with the young, talented forwards the Sabres have to work with.