Considering their offseason moves, the Blackhawks could use a veteran defensive presence on their blue line this season. Now one will get a shot to latch on with them.
Cody Franson signed a PTO with the Blackhawks, his agent confirmed. Dhiren Mahiban was the first to report the PTO.
The Blackhawks lost two of their six defensemen this offseason, trading Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona and losing Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion draft – van Riemsdyk was then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks have several young defensemen who could get more of a shot this season, another veteran would be beneficial to them.
Perhaps that ends up being Franson. The 30-year-old Franson played the last two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres; he had three goals and 16 assists in 68 games last season.
The Blackhawks begin training camp next Friday.