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Leafs avoid arbitration with Franson, sign him to $3.3M, 1-year deal

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Cody Franson reacts after scoring against the Boston Bruins during first period NHL hockey playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract worth US$3.3 million.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Cody Franson reacts after scoring against the Boston Bruins during first period NHL hockey playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract worth US$3.3 million.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract worth US$3.3 million.

It's the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.

With this one, the 26-year-old gets a raise from the $2 million he made in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defencemen with 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) and ranked second in the NHL in hits (282).

Franson, a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005, has 28 goals and 105 assists and a plus-eight rating in 322 career NHL games.

The six-foot-five 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., was acquired by the Maple Leafs along with Matthew Lombardi from the Predators on July 3, 2011 in exchange for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney.

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