February 23, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson (4) checks San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins (69) into the boards at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Leafs Sign Franson And Mottau

After the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was officially ratified, teams were finally given the go ahead to start making transactions in preparation for the upcoming season. The Toronto Maple Leafs took that opportunity to add a little depth on their defensive unit. The Leafs signed both Cody Franson and Mike Mottau on Sunday to one-year deals.

Franson played with the Leafs last year and recorded five goals and 21 points in 57 games. He had been playing for Brynas of the Swedish Elite League during the lockout, where he had three goals and seven points in 26 games. Franson came over from Nashville in July of 2011 with Matthew Lombardi after playing his first two NHL seasons with the Predators.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting Franson’s deal is for one-year at $1.2M.

The Leafs also inked defenseman Mike Mottau to a two-way contract that will pay him $300,000 in the AHL, and $850,000 in the NHL. Mottau is a veteran of 313 games and has played for the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and Boston Bruins. In his career he has posted seven goals, 51 assists, and 160 PIM. The 34-year-old had been playing for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage in 2012-13 and posted seven assists in 16 games.

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