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Franson earned his first point back in a Preds' uniform Sunday, assisting on Mike Ribeiro's third-period power-play goal in a 2-1 shootout win over the Sabres.

Now on his second tour of duty in Nashville, Franson didn't take long to start contributing with his new (old) team. Against the Sabres, he saw ice time of 19:22, including a whopping 6:23 on the power play. With the Preds' big guns Shea Weber and Roman Josi eating up most of the top blue line minutes, Franson should still continue to see decent ice time playing the second pairing alongside Mattias Ekholm.

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Franson (immigration issues) met the Predators for their practice in Philadelphia on Friday.Franson, who was acquired by the Predators in last Sunday's trade with the Maple Leafs, had been forced to miss his new team's past two games while awaiting his immigration paperwork to process. Now that it appears that issue has been resolved, Franson looks on track to make his team debut Saturday against the Flyers.

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Franson (immigration issues) will not play Thursday against the Islanders.Both Franson and Mike Santorelli, who were acquired from the Maple Leafs on Sunday, will sit for the second straight game due to their paperwork for immigration not being properly processed. Poor weather in the Northeast the last few days has not helped matters on that front, but the issue figures to be resolved in the near future. Still, it's uncertain if both players will be in the fold for the next game of the Preds' road trip Saturday in Philadelphia.

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Franson probably won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, the Tennessean reports.According to the Preds' official site, both Franson and forward Mike Santorelli are iffy for Tuesday's game, as the two newcomers still have immigration issues to be worked out before they can suit up for the team.

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Franson was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Predators on Sunday.Franson was the biggest name attached to a four-player trade Sunday between the two clubs, as he has now been moved to a playoff team for what essentially could be rental on the Predators' side as they chase a possible Stanley Cup. The blueliner has totaled 32 points in 55 games this season with the Maple Leafs, but will join be joining a more talented team in Nashville. It's possible that his ice time will drop slightly, but his addition to a better team could lead to more assists moving forward.

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Franson (hip) will play Saturday against the Oilers, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.

Franson didn't take part in pregame line rushes, and there was some speculation that he would be forced to sit due to a hip issue. Apparently, Franson will be fine to play after all, though it's always possible he could see less than the 21-plus minutes he averages.

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Franson recorded a power-play assist and 10 PIM in Monday's win over the Hurricanes.

With offense as scarce as it is these days for the Maple Leafs, picking up penalty minutes is about the only way Toronto skaters can maintain their fantasy value these days. Franson certainly hasn't been immune to the Leafs' evaporating offense, as Monday's assist marked his first point in four games. Even so, he's still been one of the team's more effective performers in January, notching a goal and four assists over nine games.

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Franson collected a pair of assists in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets.

Franson is having himself quite the season. The 27-year-old blueliner now has six points (one goal) in his last seven games, giving him 27 points (six goals) in 40 games on the season. He has appeared on the scoresheet in eight of his last 13 outings and has had six multi-point games this season -- seventh most among NHL defensemen. Playing on Toronto's' top defensive pairing and first power-play unit with Dion Phaneuf, Franson is a must-start every game.

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Franson's assist Wednesday night gives him 25 points in 39 games. He is just eight points from tying his career mark from last season (33 points in 79 games).

He's made massive shifts in his two-way game, not only in terms of points, but also in plus-minus -- he's sitting at plus-3 after finishing last year at minus-20. You probably got him cheap on draft day. Wring every penny out of him.

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Franson picked up a power-play assist in Sunday's loss to Florida. He now has 22 points on the season and remains on pace to deliver a 50-point season.

Can you say money in the bank? Franson will be a free agent at season's end yet again and he'll command a hefty salary for his current body of work. And as a defender, he's just entering his prime (age 27). Use him well. There should be a couple more seasons like this in him.