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Maple Leafs D Franson signs with Swedish club

Updated: October 1, 2012, 3:26 PM ET
Associated Press

GAVLE, Sweden -- 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 ...

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