Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rumor: Toronto Turned Down 2nd Round Pick For Cody Franson

According to TSN's Darren Dreger an unnamed team offered the Toronto Maple Leafs a second-round draft pick in a deal for defenseman Cody Franson only to be turned down by GM Brian Burke.  The fact that Burke reportedly turned down a second-round pick for a player that has seen the ice four times this year is lunacy.

If the Rangers were the ones that made the offer, given Pierre Lebrun's reporting that the Rangers and Leafs had discussions two weeks ago, then Rangers' fans should send Burke gifts.  Dreger does not stipulate when the offer was made so there is no way to tell if it was the Rangers, though with the signing of Anton Stralman recently it would presume the Rangers are certainly out now.  It is likely that Burke would rather move higher salaried defenders and see if Franson can get out Ron Wilson's doghouse, but turning down a second-rounder seems like a very foolish move right now.