Franson has sat out Buffalo's last two preseason games after taking a whopping 12 shots on goal -- but recording no points -- over the first two exhibition contests.
The good news is that Franson seems to be healthy after a concussion ended his 2015-16 campaign; the Sabres are likely just trying to get a look at other players on the blue line. Franson currently appears destined for a top-four spot on Buffalo's blue line, but he'll need to better last season's career-worst performance (17 points in 589 games) if he wants to hold onto that prime slotting. Unleashing shots liberally is a good start.
Coach Dan Bylsma indicated Friday that Cody Franson (concussion) will likely miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.
If that's the case, the blueliner will finish having collected 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) over 59 games before the mid-February neck/head issue that has held him out since. The Buffalo Sabres continue to roll with Carlo Colaiacovo and Casey Nelson as the no. 6 blueliner options, but Franson would return in the last season of his two -year deal in 2016-17.
Cody Franson (concussion) is still being kept off the ice and away from workouts, reports The Buffalo News.
Franson has just 17 points in 59 games this season after being signed to provide some offense on the power play. He has not played since mid-February and his return before the end of the season seems unlikely. The Buffalo Sabres have Carlo Colaiacovo and recent signee Casey Nelson rotating in the No. 6 spot, which means they won't be hurrying Franson's return.
Franson has been out of the lineup since mid-February and his odds of returning before the end of the season get slimmer with each passing day. Expect Carlo Colaiacovo to continue to play in Franson's absence. Signed this past summer to help on the man advantage, Franson has just seven power-play points on the season, while Rasmus Ristolainen has emerged as the undisputed quarterback.
Franson has not played since mid-February, and considering he's serving in a third-pairing role for most of the season, there's been no rush to his recovery. There is no timetable for his return.