The future of the Calgary Flames defense was bolstered considerably this weekend when they acquired established N.H.L.'er Dougie Hamilton, highly ranked prospects Oliver Kylington and Rasmus Andersson, and late round pick Riley Bruce. They still have some holes to fill for the immediate future and are apparently quite serious about filling them with some high level talent. Sources have shown that the Flames have inquired about Cody Franson.
Franson might just be the top defenseman in to hit free agency this offseason. He doesn't turn 28 until August, and has plenty of years left in his prime. He's performed well despite being stuck in an awful situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His numbers with the Nashville Predators weren't quite stellar, but he has a good track record of success.
Franson is an interesting name to be thrown into the mix. While he's obviously very good, the team already has Hamilton, Dennis Wideman, and Deryk Engelland as right-handed defensemen. In addition to that, TJ Brodie plays the right hand side with Mark Giordano and it's virtually impossible to imagine the team breaking up that tandem.
There's always the chance that the team attempts to move one of them, but it's highly unlikely that they move Giordano, Brodie, or Hamilton. Wideman has a no trade clause and nobody is going to want Engelland with his awful contract and play (except for maybe the Boston Bruins).
The addition of Franson would certainly bolster the team and it's phenomenal to see Brad Treliving address the defense with such vigor. Some have equated the team's attempted build to that of the Chicago Blackhawks, valuing skill over size and being somewhat dependent on their top lines and pairings compared to other teams, but it's looking like he might have a different plan - that of the Detroit Red Wings, with the emphasis on the blue line. Both strategies have won multiple cups and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.