I freely admit, I do not see enough games to be able to speak with authority of Franzen's so called "laziness." But what I can't help but notice is that most of the regular commenters/posters on WIIM keep saying one thing, "be patient, he's a beast in the playoffs." And to that, the numbers don't lie. They make a valid point of statistical proof that all the trade options thrown out by irregular WIIM members don't post the numbers that Franzen does in the post season.
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Another point consistently made by regulars is Franzen's cap number. While I am a big time fan of Red Wing hockey and the NHL in general, I have no idea what the CBA rules say or how to calculate cap hits. With websites like CapGeek and NHL Numbers there's no reason for me to try to calculate it. So when I look at the cap hit of guys like Drew Stafford, who has a similar cap number as Franzen, his regular season numbers are lower and doesn't have the playoff history that Franzen has. The argument has been made, well, Stafford hasn't played with guys like Datsyuk or Zetterberg, so he'd be better on a better team. Well, let's take a look at Ilya Kovalchuk. His numbers have gone down since going to New Jersey where he's playing with a MUCH better team, and Kovalchuk is an All-World talent unlike Drew Stafford.
This doesn't even begin to cover guys like Rick Nash who have a cap hit almost double Franzen. Doubling up on our cap like that definitely is not the Red Wing way. Remember a couple years ago when they extended Datsyuk? They specifically would not pay him more than Lidstrom. I like that. It shows respect for the players that have dedicated time to the organization and proven to be All-World talents deserving to be the highest paid on the team. Jiri Hudler based on his play during the regular season this year is probably going to be asking for a big raise, but I would bet Kenny Holland will look at his playoff performance first. If he falters in the playoffs, I don't think Kenny will offer more than Franzen gets to Hudler. And I believe that's a logical approach.
Speaking of Holland, he's been the GM since 1997 (assistant GM from 94-97). I think he's earned the right to not be questioned about the health of the franchise. Frustration of hopes dashed because teams like Buffalo got greedy wanting a 1st rounder for Gaustad, that's understandable. But any comment in which someone blatantly questioned Holland's capability to lead this franchise is inappropriate, and there were more than a couple. Holland has maintained a winning franchise without trading off the future each time to get a rental. We've kept our top prospects in house more recently because guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg are starting to age. They won't be around forever and Holland knows that. He also knows that throughout this season, we have yet to have a complete team firing on all cylinders, whether it be from injury or in a slump. But guys like the ADD line have stepped up when the top two lines have been tied up. That's depth that most other teams don't have. They have a bunch of goons on their 3rd and 4th lines. We have speed, puck control, intensity, and scoring touch. If they're clicking, and once Pasha returns, Hank can click with his line like he was a couple weeks ago, there's no doubt in my mind we are the team to beat.
If you're a die hard Red Wings fan, show it by having faith in the team rather than having pity party because we didn't get someone who would hamper our future.