Quick Hits: The Eternal Franzen Debate

Red Wings News

Helene St. James: Quick playoffs exit exposed Detroit Red Wings' weaknesses, so now what? | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
This next offseason is going to be an interesting one to say the least. We have a decent amount of cap space to make any moves we want to make, and we have the compliance buyout that we may use if we so choose. For me, the most interesting part will be whether Holland decides to target any free agents or if he is fine promoting the young players and going from there. Either way, our GM has a big job on his hands.

Wings want a ‘top-four right-handed shooting defenseman’ | ProHockeyTalk
This makes a lot of sense for the Wings. We need a defenseman who shoots right. Basically, we need another Rafalski. A player like Erik Karlsson would do the trick.

Zetterberg Will Not Play In The World Championship And Has A Nerve Problem In His Foot | The Malik Report
Apparently Zetterberg's left foot is having nerve problems. It does not seem to be anything too severe though.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2013-14 Detroit Red Wings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
They are on to his secret: " Alfie did try to act younger this year by getting his hair cut like Macklemore and (we assume) bathing in the blood and tears of children from Ottawa".

Drew Sharp: Give Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen a chance to kick like mule again | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I am fully against buying out Johan Franzen. For one, his production is still great for a player who earns his cap hit. And while it is important to plan for the future, 3-4 years is a long time in the future. Honestly, I would rather have another 3-4 years of Franzen and then we can deal with him and his contract. Remember, the problem with Franzen's contract is not his cap hit, its the term.

NHL News

Finalists for Norris Trophy are announced | USA Today
Zdeno Chara, Duncan Keith, and Shea Weber were announced as the Norris Trophy finalists. I would expect Keith to win it. Partially because he is having a really good season, and partially because he is actually a really good player. Hey, at least this is setting up nicely for DeKeyser in 2015.

Burke taps Treliving as Flames new GM - Sportsnet.ca
Brad Treliving has been hired as the Flames new general manager. Treliving was the Coyotes' assistant GM.

Canadiens play intrasquad game to beat boredom of playoff break | TSN
Yeah, it sucks when you sweep a team. What are you going to do in your spare-time?

Chara realizes that his playing days are dwindling | ProHockeyTalk
Zdeno Chara is only 37-years old. Going by Chelios years, he is just entering his prime.

Evgeni Malkin completes Game 6 hat trick - SBNation.com
Malkin was able to silence some critics yesterday.

ESPN's Michelle Beadle makes good on word, attends prom with Jack Jablonski | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While Beadle didn't really have a choice but to accept the invitation, it was a nice thing for her to do.

Francis replaces Rutherford as Hurricanes GM - Sportsnet.ca
Ron Francis was promoted to replace Jim Rutherford.

How George McPhee lost his job as Washington Capitals general manager - SBNation.com
Ultimately, the inability to win the Stanley Cup, or at least return to the finals hurt McPhee the most. How can you justify having players like Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Green and not perform better in the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers: Keep the 3rd Overall Pick or Deal It? | The Hockey Writers
The Oilers should trade their pick for a defenseman. I heard that some guy named Kindl is available.

Cam Atkinson buys tickets for Blue Jackets fans camping out for Game 6 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Classy move by Cam Atkinson.

Let's Go Griffins!