What I'm about to say is still somewhat controversial, however I believe the stance is softening amongst the Wings blogosphere, so I'll just say it.
I can't watch Franzen for 8 more years.
I know, I know. Feed the Mule. Mule-Trick. That Colorado series.
Fuzzy memories shared by all, never to be forgotten. Believe me, that 2008 playoffs will live on forever in my mind.
But, sadly, those memories are looking to be just that: memories. Shades of a better time.
So, while Franzen sits second in scoring on the Red Wings, and first in goals, I make the above statement known because his uninspired, lazy-ass, on-again-off-again play will literally drive me to the brink of insanity. And I doubt it's going to get much better then this.
See, with guys like Filppula and Hudler, there is upside. They are young, they work hard, and even when pucks aren't going in the net, you can take solace in the fact that they tried. Things just didn't go their way. But with Johan, sometimes it's as if he wasn't even at the game. That his mind was on the Smirnoff in his freezer, or his mule slippers at home.
So with Anaheim putting up the for sale sign, please Ken Holland, get a legitimate first line winger. Datsyuk will only be Datsyuk for a few more years. Why waste them with this $4 million player, who plays sometimes but floats more often than not.
Alas, my dreams will doubtfully come to fruition. I foresee a future where Mule's goal-less streaks reach triple digits, and his role becomes that of Fabian Brunnstrom.
If only we had that darn flux capacitor. For Marian could still be a Wing.
*the above was (somewhat) an exaggeration of my feelings regarding Johan Franzen. My real goal is to ask the following question (IN A SHINY POLL)
Is it possible to trade the Mule and if so, should they try?
Yes there's always the Islanders, Oh God Yes (32 votes)
Yes there's always the Islanders, Nope/Patience my friend (20 votes)
Meh/Meh (21 votes)
Nope that contract is massive/Yes there's always the Isles (30 votes)
Nope/Nope (31 votes)
MEMBA 2008! (14 votes)
148 total votes