Defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, not long before his salary arbitration hearing was to begin. Multiple media reports said the contract will pay Franson $3.3 million this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Franson, who turns 27 on Aug. 8, had five goals and 33 points in 78 games for the Maple Leafs last season. (Photo by Getty Images)
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp