Franson to Toronto? Say it isn’t so!

I hope everyone is recovered from the 4th of July weekend and ready to talk some hockey! I, for one, behaved myself this long weekend, and even got into work by 6:30am. You should’ve seen the look on my early bird co-workers faces when I walked in; one even asked if my alarm clock was broke. They are all well aware that I am chronically five minutes late for everything…

Since I have an hour and a half before the rest of the workforce gets here, I thought I’d write a post with my thoughts on the Nashville trade that sent Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi to Toronto over the weekend. Keep in mind that these are the opinions, and that it is 6:30 in the morning…

Franson and Matthew Lombardi were traded to Toronto for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney (unless you are the Sporting News, then it’s David Slaney – fail). Franson, who was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft by Nashville, played two full seasons with the Admirals before making a full-time transition to the Predators roster in 2009. I liked Franson, he’s a big guy (6’05) and he’s a two-way defenseman that will fulfill his defensive duties, but also has the ability to find the back of the net. His slap shot is ridiculous, in fact, there were times I thought that puck was going to go straight through the boards when he was here Milwaukee. Did I mention I like Cody Franson?

He has a promising future ahead of him, which is why I was shocked to see Poile and the Predators traded him for guys that are likely going to have no impact next season. I understand that Lombardi sat out all of last season, and so trading him was a bit of a salary dump, but Franson? He’s a top four defenseman, and an absolute STEAL at $800,000. I know Nashville is big on utilizing their developmental system, but is anyone ready to make the jump to Nashville?

Not in my opinion.

Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck made an excellent point though (a point that saved me from banging my head on my desk repeatedly), this could be “the prelude to something bigger“. If it is, it better happen quick before the entire greater Nashville area needs to be put on Prozac. Giving up Franson for a “meh” defenseman and a guy that spent last season in the ECHL is enough to make any hockey fan anxious. Who knows, maybe Slaney will turn out to be the second coming of Rich Peverley. Maybe this undrafted ECHLer will blow the socks off Milwaukee and hoist the Stanley Cup in six years like Pevs did *insert sarcastic giggle here*. Oh Nashville…

I’d like to end this post with a special thanks to the good people over at the Starbucks on Hwy 18. This venti non-fat white mocha no-whip with an extra shot of expresso is one thing keeping me from ripping my co-workers heads off this morning. Needless to say, I’ve got my cranky pants on. It should be a crime to be awake at 4:45am… I think it’s going to be a VERY long day…

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2 responses to “Franson to Toronto? Say it isn’t so!

  1. Good Morning CP,

    β€œIn a nutshell, what this deal does is gives us certainty for the coming season. It allows us to do what our goal is. It allows us to build around our top players β€” [Shea] Weber, [Ryan] Suter and Pekka Rinne β€” and then to find the necessary other ingredients so we then can compete for a Stanley Cup.” – David Poile

    The part about this statement that bothers me is the “then to find other ingredients” part. Has anyone looked at the rest of the free agent class for this year? There are fans clamoring (not me btw…) for signing Kyle (I never me a cheesburger I didn’t like) Wellwood and Nikolai (Just let me play offense or I’m gonna pout) Zherdev because of their crazy out of whack Corsi numbers. They should actually watch these guys play hcokey first. Ugh…

    I would hope this trade is the prelude to something bigger, but unless the Preds trade even more assets to acquire legitimate talent, I don’t see it happening. I see Weber getting his contract, Suter and Rinne eventually getting theirs, and the Preds filling the roster to get to the cap floor since that is where their internal budget seems to be drawn at.

    On a side note, seeing the word ‘venti’ reminded me of the Foamy the Squirrel rant about small, medium, and large at that famous coffee house.

    Something about the chipmunk voice cracks me up.

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