Team(s) Interested: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN recently claimed Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson is available, and that 2 teams, Montreal and Tampa, are looking for help on the back end. Toronto currently has too many NHL quality defensemen, with Carl Gunnarson, Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, Luke Schenn, Mike Komisarek, JM Liles, Jeff Finger, Jake Gardiner and Matt Lashoff all NHL ready. The 3 names mentioned in trade rumors the last few days have been Aulie, Franson and Gunnarson. Franson is believed to have the most trade value. Andrei Markov has been injured for too long, and Jaroslav Spacek is also attracted to injuries. Franson, part of a four-player swap this summer between the Leafs and Nashville Predators, has only played in 3 games with the Leafs this season after Gardiner beat him out as the 6th defense. Franson has enough skill to be on any NHL squad, so look for him to be traded.