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Reports: Maple Leafs to sign Franson, Mottau

Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 10:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-13 Training Camp blog

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Reports: Maple Leafs to sign Franson, Mottau

Defenseman Cody Franson is expected to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The contract is for one year, close to $1 million, the report says.

Franson, 25, played in 57 games for the Maple Leafs last season, with five goals and 16 assists. He was a minus-1 after playing the previous two seasons for the Nashville Predators.

Comcast SportsNet New England reported Saturday that defenseman Mike Mottau also is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs.

Mottau, 34, had been playing for the San Antonio Rampage, the Florida Panthers' affiliate in the American Hockey League.

He has played 313 NHL games after making his debut in 2000-01.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

The 31-year-old played for the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild last season. He is a veteran of 382 NHL games, starting in 2002-03.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff