Um, Franzen played 27 games in 09-10. And he was a "one year rental"? Even using the phrase "rental" completely wrong, what does that have to do with anything? The only possible thing you can say about Franzen is that he had a couple playoffs where he performed better than Hossa, but what you're forgetting is that just because Hossa isn't scoring goals doesn't mean he isn't doing anything. He provides so much more beyond goal scoring that Franzen doesn't. Defense, speed, back checking, work ethic, play making. Hossa is twice the player Franzen will ever be.
I'm glad you missed the entire point of the whole "signing Hossa or Franzen" aspect of my post.
The entire point was because of his shoulder injury, he was GUARANTEED to miss half the season due to rehab. Franzen wasn't.
Hossa's "other attributes" did not do much to help Detroit in the post season. That is an issue despite the fact he was able to score 40 goals.
His best year happened to be alongside arguably the best center today. He hasn't replicated that performance, or even come close since.
Also, Franzen signed before the season ended, while Hossa took longer to negotiate a contract. Holland wasn't about to risk losing BOTH Franzen and Hossa by waiting on a deal for him.
Finally, the "one year rental" aspect, if you bothered to bring it into context, makes the point of Holland being loyal to players he drafted and included in the system. Hossa came by for one year, and Franzen worked his ass off to make it to the top line. Did anyone expect him to start floating? Absolutely not.
Point being, the entire point was that Hossa was not an easy choice, and if not for the Hudler debacle, Hossa AND Franzen could have been signed.
Funny how people forget that.
Edited by Doc Holliday, 28 February 2012 - 01:23 PM.