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#1 evilzyme

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

Okay, seriously... I had to make a thread about this one gents...

 

Coach Mike Babcock and Johan Franzen have differing opinions when it comes to the veteran forward's production.

 

Babcock has no problems with what Franzen has given him this season.

 

"The Mule's been scoring goals," Babcock said. "I think Mule's been good. We played him at center, we played him at wing, changed lines. I thought him and (Valtteri Filppula) in Chicago, with (Daniel Cleary), were our best line.

 

"And then (Sunday vs. Nashville) they were solid as well. That's important for us."

 

"My last seven games, I don't want to talk about this," Franzen said Tuesday. "This makes me pissed."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"He's been important for us, scoring some key goals down the stretch and everybody knows how he plays in the playoffs," Filppula said. "So it's a good start that he's playing well right now."

 

 


Edited by evilzyme, 17 April 2013 - 10:53 AM.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:01 AM

Good I hope hes pissed. I hope hes pissed for the next 8 years. Then we may get his playoff production year round.

 

nothing scarier than playing against a guy with a chip on his shoulder


Edited by Din758, 17 April 2013 - 11:01 AM.

Crosby is a crybaby *****

#3 The Axe

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

Of course, you have to remember Franzen's pissed is throwing mouth guards.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

We need playoff mule consistently in the worst way

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:12 AM

Good I hope hes pissed. I hope hes pissed for the next 8 years. Then we may get his playoff production year round.

 

nothing scarier than playing against a guy with a chip on his shoulder

 

What he needs is the coach to also help fuel the fire, not tell him that he's performing the way he wants. Always try to get more out of your players. Babcock should know the potential of Mule and should know that he's capable of more. He should dig to get that out of him, not help reinforce the fact that he likes and is doing things good. No, I want 110%. I want it all and I want more, I want your heart on the ice, I want your sweat to turn into blood because there's nothing more you could possibly sweat out. BABY I WANT IT. GIVE IT TO ME.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:12 AM


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

 

LOL, I still don't know where the hell that linesman came from!

 

But let's face it: Mule is the X-factor. We will go as far as he can take us.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

Of course, you have to remember Franzen's pissed is throwing mouth guards.

 

Or, for another case of Franzen channeling his emotions, see 2007-08 or 2008-09 playoffs.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:53 AM

I like Franzen at centre.  He plays harder and he's awesome on faceoffs.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

Words are wind.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:03 PM

Still gotta love the Mule, we know what he's capable of. He has appeared to be trying harder the past few weeks.


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#12 evilzyme

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:08 PM

Still gotta love the Mule, we know what he's capable of. He has appeared to be trying harder the past few weeks.

 

Playing center will make you do that :) Babcock needs to keep him there.. forever. Make that boy skate and be involved more!!!


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

Of course, you have to remember Franzen's pissed is throwing mouth guards.

And?  Everyone here loved it at the time.  I like seeing him do that - it shows that he's into the game and cares.  He shouldn't have to pound in Colton Orr's face to prove that.

 

Hopefully this is a sign that things will start to pick up for him.  Realisitically, he seems to be the type of player that needs to play with good linemates to succeed.  So hopefully some of the guys around him (i.e. Filppula) get it together.  That could help keep Franzen's production rising.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

No, I want 110%. I want it all and I want more, I want your heart on the ice, I want your sweat to turn into blood because there's nothing more you could possibly sweat out. BABY I WANT IT. GIVE IT TO ME.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

COLD SHOWER, MAN!!

 

I'm a motivator brother. They don't want to give me what I want outta em? Oh, i'll get it outta em!


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'"I like ladies" - Towards the Lady Byng trophy
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

This is what happens when Franzen cares...

 

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Or, my personal favorite version...

 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

I refrained from throwing my shoe at Mule in Nashville this past weekend.  Heaven knows, I have not been not happy with him.  :glare:  

 

He actually DID look like he cared, I have to say.  He was good out there, it's like the overachieving Abby/Z/Datsyuk line made him sit up and take notice?  Something... whatever, I will take it, let's see if he can continue and be consistent in this upswing.  Mouth-guards all stayed in place, but he had a nice little snarl going on out there at times.  I also came close to trading Franzen to the Preds fan next to me at the game, for Legwand (their current bag o' pucks).  I decided to keep the lazy Swede I know.  Hopefully, that was the right decision.  :lol:

 

By the way, I ran into Abby and Z in the hotel elevator (separate occasions) over the weekend in Nashville.  We have named Z/Abby/Dats the "Elevator Line" and think they should be doomed to ride the glass elevators with us forever, or until they stop scoring.  LOL~


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

Franzen is such a talented power forward. I just wish he had that grittiness that guys like clarkson and callahan have

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

Of course, you have to remember Franzen's pissed is throwing mouth guards.

 

Had Franzen not made that move though, none of us would have realized that Kanes mouth guard is magic, and when an opponent pulls it from his mouth, mystical phantom refs materialize out of thin air to protect him.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

Franzen is such a talented power forward. I just wish he had that grittiness that guys like clarkson and callahan have

 

Franzen's talent + Cleary's drive and desire =  pretty good hockey player.

 

We have the technology, we can build him...







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