I think your stuck in the past when there wasn't a salary cap. Sorry buddy can't have all the best players in the world on your team anymore. Why Holland chose Franzen over Hossa is clear, salary.
Hossa stats 12-13
40gp and 31 points
Franzen stats 12-13
41gp 31 points
Hossa stats 11-12
81gp 71 points
Franzen stats 11-12
77gp 56 points
Hossa 2 season / 102 points
Frazen 2 season / 87 points
Hossa 5.275 million per season
Frazen 3.954 million per seasonFranzen gets paid 74.9% of Hossa and produces at 85.3% compared to Hossa.
Frazen is a much better value than Hossa. Good choice by Holland in a salary cap world.
Holland is that you?
Let's be serious in no shape or form is Franzen a better value than Hossa. Hossa makes 1.3 million more than Franzen, 1.3! Even in a salary cap world that's minuscule. Plus you can't even compare the two on defense, Hossa is a world class defensive player.
You don't need a team full of all-stars to win but with the salary cap you have to be smart on where you allocate your resources. Let's run down a couple of Hollands signings:
Bertuzzi: 2 years at just over 2 million, love Todd but that's not a great deal for an older player with back problems. But his deal is not as bad as some others.
Sammy: 2 years at 6 million, Holland did this deal when the team had cap space which makes it that much worse.
Tootoo: 1.9 for 3 years, he doesn't provide much offensively and Babs never plays him.
Cleary: 1 year at just under 2 million, but signed him when the team had a full roster and up against the cap.
And let's not forget about giving up a first round pick for Quincey. You can also add never finding a replacement for either Lidstrom or Rafalski. Hollands decisions lately have been very suspect.