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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: July 21, 2014

Cody Franson was the latest Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent to sign, putting pen to paper on a one-year, $3.3-million contract today. That’s slightly less than what San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers signed for, a player many believe Franson compares favourably with. The story is from TSN.ca.

One big positive about Franson signing now is the two sides avoid arbitration, as James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail writes. But that doesn’t change the fact the Leafs tried to trade Franson for Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges, and the future of RFA backup goaltender James Reimer is even murkier.

The Toronto Maple Leafs development camp wrapped up at the end of last week, and Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the lowdown on six prospects that turned heads. One of them, unsurprisingly, is 2014 first-round draft pick William Nylander.

David Clarkson spoke to Luke Fox of Sportsnet about his nightmare first season in Toronto and what he’s been up to over the summer. The good news is there’s no way next season can be as bad as the last one, right?

Looking for some off-season reading? William Wilson of Tip of the Tower shares a list of some of his favourite Toronto Maple Leafs-related reading material. My favourite is definitely the Book of Exodus.

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