Blackhawks Place Cody Franson On Waivers

In a second piece of somewhat surprising news, the Blackhawks followed up the recall of Tomas Jurco with placing veteran defenseman Cody Franson on waivers.

Franson, 30, reportedly turned down other offers to skate with the Hawks during the preseason on a PTO with an understanding he would get a regular contract once Marian Hossa was placed on LTIR. That happened, and Franson has appeared in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.

He has one goal and six assists with 18 blocked shots and 18 hits. Franson’s one-year contract carries a $1M cap hit.

While Franson initially appeared to be a solid fit for the Blackhawks blue line, Connor Murphy’s improved play of late and the emergence of Jordan Oesterle as a minutes-eating top-four defenseman has pushed Franson out of the lineup frequently.

20 thoughts on “Blackhawks Place Cody Franson On Waivers

  1. I’m a bit surprised by the move. Not terribly sad though. Wonder if he gets claimed.
    Question if he clears can he go the olympics?

  2. They need the extra forward body (2 in total) in the press box to keep Kempny company once Anisimov returns. In lieu of 2 D and 1 F being scratched, it will be 2 F and one D.

  3. Lets see…. we have a move to clear 1m in space and a roster spot by waiving Franson.
    A Rockford shuffle to get Jurco games. A move that serves no other purpose

    Sure sounds like something is in the works for a trade.

  4. Trying to figure were these moves lead? They send down an energy guy in Hayden for a guy who has failed repeatedly at the NHL level and waived a guy who was playing pretty well prior to being injured. I’m not sure what the expectations were for Franson but in my mind, he was playing fine. Can Jurco be sent down again? That’s exactly what will happen once Anisimov returns from IR

  5. 4 games this week then 6 days off then 5 day all star break at end of month, quite possibly a trade coming good time yo go to Rockford for some playing time. Franson be picked up likely best for him

  6. Its possible that Franson or his agent went to Hawks management and asked to be traded or waived. He signed a one year deal and no doubt wants to play instead of watch younger players from the press box.

    Let’s face it, he has added almost nothing. I hope he gets claimed.

  7. I’ve read the criticism of Cody Franson all season on this blog. I disagree. He may not be fast but he makes up for it with his positioning and long stick. Rarely have I seen him make a dumb play. Quite the opposite — I was always impressed with his smart decision-making. I also like his strong shot from the point. I’ll miss you Cody. Best of luck wherever you go. The Isslanders could use you. A lot of teams could.

  8. Not fast?-you can’t get much slower. He makes Seabs look quick.
    I tried to buy into the positioning/use of stick talk, but it don’t see enough of it.
    He does have two nice attributes-his size and shot and would have been very valuable in the NHL of year’s past-today he often becomes a liability 5 on 5-

  9. Franson did an admirable veteran job while wearing the Indian head. He must just want to play and I don’t blame him. 82’s fine play as of late pretty much put him in the organ loft permanently and even tho he would have been a nice insurance policy on D, he must not be quite ready to accept that role as guys like Rozsival and Sopel have in the past. So this is probably a move out of respect to him and his service otherwise at 1m cap hit he is relatively cheap insurance.

    I like Ernie’s thinking that somethng bigger may be brewing with these moves. SB has tended to make his “Deadline” moves a bit before the deadline. I just hope 2 things…
    1. If,it is part of a bigger move, we can not afford to give up on future kids for a rental. Let the kids continue to play and learn for the near future.
    2. Hayden has to,be back in the lineup soon after the mandated break as he is imo an important part of this team moving forward.

  10. if bowman is thinking about a trade, i hope he comes up with better ones than the panarin trade . artemi scored the winning goal last night for the jackets and is leading them into the playoffs while saad is doing 0

  11. Franson clears waivers guess thats why he wasn’t traded, wonder if he accepts a reassignment to Rockford or refuses and gets released.

  12. Rich you mean the guy who has a whopping 11 goals in 44 games and the game winner off his skate. we will see how he leads the Bluejackets once the grind begins.

  13. Saad has 6 points in his last 4. Theyre different players and while Saad has struggled, if points is your only metric for measuring food and bad…i can do nothing for you.

    Saad has gone to the front of the net and points followed. The 2 go hand in hand.

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