I am glad you get it, but according to you and most people here, he is the most clutch player in the league with his 9 GWG's, and Zetterberg is not regarded as that. So, until Franzen decides to show up EVERY game, EVERY shift and EVERY minute and prove that he was worth keeping over a REAL Sniper in Marian Hossa, then yes, I will despise him and call for his head every game he doesn't do something to impact the game. Not to mention score more consistently. He scores a game, then takes 6 games off, then scores and takes 5 games off...
Scorers are streaky. And if you can find anything that implies the grand consensus is he is the most "clutch" player in the league, I'd be glad to hear it.
Franzen currently leads the team in goals and is second in points, so he is doing quite well for himself. Hell, the guy has 1 less game winning goal than Zetterberg has goals.
I agree, Zetterberg should get some slack too, but Franzen is and was kept around to be our sniper, our scorer, they signed him instead of Hossa. Granted, Hossa has his playoffs issues, but Franzen hasn't lit it up in a few years either. Great that he has 21 goals, that just makes him that much more trade-able in my book. I am just waiting to see him be clutch, that's all I want.
1. Franzen was injured last playoffs. Not entirely a big deal. The year before he was well over a ppg.
2. Hossa happened to have a great playoff as soon as he was put on Crosby's wing, and hasn't reached anything near that level since. Plus, he was looking for more than Franzen, was not drafted, and in fact was going to be signed after Franzen had his contract already signed.
3. Hudler is the reason Hossa took another deal. That took all summer, and kept Holland from using that extra cap space to gain them both.
4. Franzen is a trade-able asset because he has a lot of value that other teams could want. I have never denied that. But for you to admit that you have to admit he holds value to other teams, including this one. Your posts have stated quite the opposite.
So there we go. Franzen gets more flak than anyone on the team, so I don't really think he is overrated.