I asked this before in a Franzen thread:
Those of you who think playing like a 4 mil a year player is ok now because it is his cap hit, while he is actually getting paid 5.25 mil this year, will you still expect him to play like a 4 mil player at age 40?
If not, then please stop saying he is a bargain at 4 mil a year.
That is his cap hit, not what he is being paid nor what we should expect from him.
He has said it, his coach has said, he lacks motivation a lot of times.
I am not surprised he is playing very well right now, the Wings have been in playoff mode for weeks, roughly the length of his streak.
And the Franzen apologists will come out and say if we put the last few weeks of this season, and the last month or so of season X you will see he is a monster.
i will see that he is a floater and plays when and where he wants because you had to pick and choose segments of his seasons.
His defensive play as of late is all I need to see to know that he spent the better part of this season disinterested, he is now playing D up and down the ice, 3 weeks ago he wasn't defending anything.
When Franzen puts an effort in for a full season, not a couple of months here and a couple of months there, I will back off of him.
But he only plays in Mule mode when he thinks it best, I like that about as much as I like diving!
He scores around 28 goals a season, however most of that is done in about 2 months worth of effort and work, if he worked as hard the rest of the season as he is working right now he would be in talks for the Art Ross.
Instead he is Floater of the Year!
That is the sickening part, he could be a top flight player in this league. Instead he plays when he wants, at least the last guy that played like this in the Winged Wheel was quite possibly the best defensive forward to ever play the game.
Edited by Opie, 26 April 2013 - 10:46 AM.
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