He is a leader on this team, he's a veteran and he's trying to live up to the standards that were set in place by the players he learned the game from. If Datsyuk was drafted and played for almost any other franchise, he's not re-signing for three more years after his last deal was up. Zetterberg isn't rushing back from back surgery after six weeks to play against the bruins in the playoffs. They are the leadership group, and Franzen is a big part of it. IMO, he seems genuinely interested in trying to set the same example for the kids that was set for him when he was their age.
He brings the veteran leadership that we all know will be on the team in one form or another, but he can still score around .70 ppg. If he has any reservations that his head isnt quite right, he's not going to hold that back from the wings, and the wings wouldn't let him go out there if he wasn't ready. They pay specialists a lot of money to get these decisions right, and I'm not a doctor, so if they clear him to play and he's willing and able, noone should be able to tell him not to.
Him being active adds to our logjam at forward, sure, but he's not blocking anyone that would out perform him. And as long as that's true, holding him responsible for possibly losing dime a dozen grinders in the future is a very feeble argument.
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