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Franson, Leafs strike deal

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with Cody Franson, signing the defenseman to a one-year contract on Monday.

The deal is reportedly worth $3.3 million.

Franson, who turns 27 next month, ranked second in the league last season with 282 hits and amassed a personal-best 33 points in 79 games.

The 6-foot-5 blueliner has posted 28 goals and 105 assists in 322 career games with Nashville and Toronto.

07/21 12:39:03 ET