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Posted: Monday October 1, 2012 4:47PM ; Updated: Monday October 1, 2012 4:47PM

Maple Leafs' Franson to play year in Sweden

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Cody Franson has signed a free agent deal with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League
Cody Franson spent three seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators.
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GAVLE, Sweden (AP) -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson has signed a one-year contract to play in the Swedish league, regardless of whether the NHL lockout is resolved.

Defending Swedish champion Brynas said Monday that Franson, who was a free agent, is committed to playing in the Elite League for the entire season.

The Swedish league has said its teams cannot sign NHL players to short-term contracts that last only for the duration of the lockout, although the country's second division has not imposed those restrictions.

Franson says on the club's website that "it feels very inspiring coming to Brynas, and staying the entire season."

Franson had 21 points in 57 games last season.

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