Maple Leafs, D Franson agree to 1-year deal

September 26, 2013
Maple Leafs, D Franson agree to 1-year deal
Toronto Maple Leafs' Cody Franson during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have resolved their contract dispute with Cody Franson, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the defenseman.

Franson, 26, had four goals and 25 assists during a career year in 2013. He is expected to play top-four minutes this season.

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

The signing puts the Maple Leafs in a salary-cap crunch, especially because right wing David Clarkson is suspended for the first 10 games of the regular season.