Cody Franson was back on the ice for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

The 26-year-old defenceman took part in his first practice since agreeing to terms to a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million US.

"Franny's back!" Leafs centre Tyler Bozak wrote on his Twitter account.

Franson, who made $1.2 million last season, had four goals and 25 assists during a career year in 2013.

Franson, valuable to the Leafs as a right-handed shot, was paired with Mark Fraser most of last season. He's expected to play top-four minutes this season.

His signing does put the Leafs in a crunch against the NHL salary cap, especially considering right-winger David Clarkson is suspended for the first 10 games of the regular season.