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NHL pluses and minuses: Cody Franson adds depth to Predators defense

NHL pluses and minuses: Cody Franson adds depth to Predators defense

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week:

+ Defenseman Cody Franson drew widespread interest before the league-leading Nashville Predators acquired him and right wing Mike Santorelli from Toronto for Olli Jokinen, minor leaguer Brendan Leipsic and a first-round draft pick. Franson adds depth to a strong and prolific defense, but he and Santorelli can become unrestricted free agents this summer. The Maple Leafs could flip Jokinen to a contender for another asset before the March 2 trade deadline. Nashville gets short-term help for a Stanley Cup run. Win-win.

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