....we can't trade Franzen because if he retires we will be hit with a steep cap penalty?
...if he retires before his contract while he is still a Red Wing, yes, there is a cap penalty on us, BUT if we trade him, the other team assumes his contract thus making them responsible for a cap hit if he retires early. He is more than tradable, as a matter of fact he is about the only valuable asset we have that IS tradable.
That being said, Holland seems blind when it comes to making the right choices for the current team, so I unfortunately see that he more than likely will not trade him, nor buy him out. But I maintain that in the business world that is called the NHL, trading him now or buying him out later makes the MOST business sense for the Detroit Red Wings. In 2 years, Franzen will be playing just about as good as Cleary is right now and then 99% of you guys will be screaming at his cap hit when he is only putting in 5 goals all season long.
Go ahead and be excited about him now, enjoy his little hot streak, but don't be too upset when he fails to surpass the 30 goal make again, if he even gets to 20, which I am doubting he will be able to do.
You want to talk about next season and making this team better, then talk about this team without Franzen, because he will be a detriment to this team and his $4M dollars and roster spot can be put to better use.
and regarding Booth, I am just looking at ways to possibly jump start our $5M man that was supposed to be our answer to the 2nd line woes. Unlike most of his critics, I am not going to judge him on 20+ games. At least wait until he is a few years into his contract to pass judgment. Hell, you guys are still nursing on Franzen's teat from his 2009 season. He hasn't done crap since and nobody is calling for his head (well a few of us are.) Everyone keeps saying "when playoff Franzen returns." Blah, Blah...it's time to cut him loose. Franzen has been non-existent for 4 years and yet, he is still our savior...I don't get it.