Maple Leafs' Franson signs in Sweden

Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson signs with Swedish club

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson has signed a one-year contract to play in the Swedish league, regardless of whether the NHL lockout is resolved.

Defending Swedish champion Brynas said Monday that Franson, who was a free agent, is committed to playing in the Elite League for the entire season.

The Swedish league has said its teams cannot sign NHL players to short-term contracts that last only for the duration of the lockout, although the country's second division has not imposed those restrictions.

Franson says on the club's website that ''it feels very inspiring coming to Brynas, and staying the entire season.''

Franson had 21 points in 57 games last season.

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