Why? Franzen will be retired by 2016, and his cap hit is actually pretty reasonable for a good top-six forward.
Although I agree that Nash's contract is ridiculous. Case in point, this year's stats:
Nash: 57 GP, 18-21-39
Hudler: 57 GP, 18-17-35
Now let's compare their ES numbers as Hudler plays the point on the PP and isn't really given any kind of comparable situation to score.
Nash: 57 GP, 14-11-25
Hudler: 57 GP, 17-12-29
Ice time at even strength?
Nash: 880:57, or 15:27 per game.
Hudler: 731:26, or 12:49 per game.
Hudler is better defensively than Nash, plays all three forward positions and can play the point on the PP. Nash plays one wing. Yet fans here want to trade high-end prospects AND top picks for Nash's $7.8m lifetime deal, but think bringing Hudler back in the $2.5-$3.5m range would be overpayment? Yes... let's agree to believe that.
I'm not sure Hudler could produce better numbers in Nash's position (the team's #1 forward, always the focus of the other team's best defensive players, etc) because Hudler thrives in a complementary role, but I see what you're getting at.
Let's put Rick Nash's cap hit into perspective here guys:http://capgeek.com/l...ion=-1&limit=25
He's got the 5th highest cap hit in the entire league
and sits 70th points (behind guys like Micheal-freaking-Ryder). Nash has only had one season over 70pts and that was in 08-09. In his last two seasons he produced 66pts and 67pts. Those aren't the kind of numbers you'd expect from a guy making almost 8 million a season. At a minimum he should be producing at a point per game level. I don't care how bad his supporting cast is. When you carry the 5th largest cap hit in the league and are signed until 2018 you better produce. On top of this he's never had a chance to prove he's a playoff performer at the NHL level (NHL Playoffs: 1g 2a in 4gp).
I'm hesitant to sign a life-time contract with a guy who's historically an underachiever at his paygrade.