Leafs ink Cody Franson to 1-year deal

Cody Franson was back on the ice for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday shortly after agreeing to terms to a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million US.

Holdout defenceman re-signs for reported $2 million US

Holdout defenceman Cody Franson impressed with four goals and 29 points in 45 games last season for the Maple Leafs. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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.

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