After a pair of successful seasons in the KHL, Cody Franson is coming back to North America. The veteran defenseman has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the primary affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. IceHogs head coach Derek King released a statement on the deal:
Cody is going to be a great addition to our squad and it will be like adding an extra coach for us. He may not have known it, but I kept an eye on him during his first time with us (2017-18 season) and he’s been coaching the younger players ever since. He’s a tremendous addition to our defensive core, the team overall, and willing to take younger players under his wing to show them how to be a good professional.
Franson last played in the NHL in January 2018 and will not be call-up eligible under this agreement. He has suited up for 550 regular season NHL games in his career, recording 212 points.