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On the Forecheck Mar 19, 2015

Undervalued and Underworked: Cody Franson Should Have Bigger Role with Nashville Predators

The blue-liner may be an easy scapegoat, but Nashville's problems run deeper than one defenseman who really isn't playing terribly. The jokes were loud as the Nashville Predators descended into their losing streak: Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli brought the Maple Leafs curse with them from Toronto. But now, as the despondency continues, a general misconception has arisen: Franson is hurting the team and putting him on the ice is detrimental. That isn't to say he's the only reason behind the team's sudden aversion for winning, but his name (and the trade in general) come up as soon as...
On the Forecheck Mar 11, 2015

Revisiting Nashville's Optimal Lineup with Super WOWY

Looking at the best set of players that could propel the Predators to a strong finish. Not long after the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, Braden took a look at what the team's most optimal lineup might look like. At that time, the best way to evaluate the strength of a line was just by looking at the parts individually to see what might work as a cohesive unit. Braden did this by judging players' scoring and possession metrics (as well as using the eye test and common sense) to determine which of them might work well together. Well, the folks at Hockey...
Pension Plan Puppets Mar 2, 2015

Leafs make seven pre-deadline deals

Out: Winnik, Clarkson, Santorelli, Winnik, Abbott, Franson, Jokinen, Holzer. In: Leipsic, Erixon, Horton, Brennan, Brewer, Lindstrom, 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, 4th round pick, 5th round pick, conditional 6th round pick. With the 2015 trade deadline officially wrapped up, the Leafs have officially changed their direction, commencing their rebuild in the process. Here's a recap of all of the recent moves. Out are pending UFAs Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli, Cody Franson, Marlies forward Spencer Abbott, more than half a decade of David Clarkson, defensemen Korbinian Holzer and a brief...

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