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)
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp