Why wouldn't Pronger be in the HOF? He's one of the best players of his generation. I don't see them looking the other way because of some lame salary cap loophole the idiotic NHL has created. Pronger isn't the mastermind behind the league's idiocy.
Pronger shouldn't be in this class since he's still collecting $$$ from his contract which was just traded to the Coyotes.
Bit off topic ... Just read both of lidstrom's kids are coming to camp and are 21 and 19 ... Anyone think were gonna sign one or both of them? Guessing since they weren't drafted yet they basically got no nhl futures to help the wings
What top three guy is there top trade for though? I've heard rumors (probably more speculation than anything) that the avs may trade duchene if they can't trade ROR.. Which would be incredible but also cost a fortune. Maybe t.j. sochi? But would he be considered "top 3?" I just don't see any big trades happening.. I think KH saying he'd be willing to part with our 1st/Mantha was just a way to see if there were any potential trade partners out there. I expect the off season will just consist of trading back in the first (although I don't think we should if kylington is available at 19) & promoting within.
I will personally turn my back on this team if Cody Franson is signed.
Scouting report from Khan:
Strengths: His offensive ability, He moves the puck well, has a good shot and can quarterback the power play.
Weakness: Is not widely regarded as a strong defender, lacking consistency. He registers a fair number of hits but isn't overly physical.
(1) - He has only had 2 seasons in which he scored over 30 points (33 in 2014 + 36 in 2015), Both with Toronto, who (in his time as a leaf) were actually among the highest scoring teams in the league, but he was -20 in 2013-14, and -7 last year.
(2) - As a Leaf, he was essentially a top pairing player - typically playing with the Kessel, Lupul and Bozak line. He was on the #1 PP unit as well as the PK. What I'm trying to say is that he played in all situations, logged the most ice time and was generally in a good (if not great) situation to maximize his point totals - in spite of win totals.
(3) - At age 27, it was the Toronto Maple Leafs who decided that he was in no way/shape/form a part of this teams future. They traded him to Nashville, where he could barely crack the lineup (forget the top 4). On a good team full of good defenseman, he only registered 4 points in 23 games.
Say what you will, but we are a lot closer to the Nashville Predators than the Toronto Maple Leafs - and haven't we already seen what happens when signing a player (with the ability to consistently produce points on a bad team) to a multi year contract? Just like Stephen Weiss, Cody Franson has never shown he could combine individual production with team success.
No, he isn't worth 6 years at $6,000,000+.
While I agree that he's not worth $6 million, but since he's a UFA - there's a good chance he'll get that.
I'm not sure what can be expected in a player (in terms of production) if they're not given the ice time? He seems to have decent production when given top 4 ice time. Is he better than anyone who's currently in our top 4?
I don't get where people get that Franson isn't a physical defenseman... I've watched him a ton over the years and he is very physical, especially for a defender that can provide the offense he does. No, he's definitely not Brooks Orpik physical, but not many are. He would instantly be our most physical defender, as well as most teams. He hits a ton, he wins the majority of the one on one battles, and he can clear the front of the net, all while providing offense...
IMHO - Franson plays to his size - meaning he'll put his big frame to use along the boards, or in front of the net, but he doesn't make the 'big' hits that we see with Phaneuf, Kronwall, or Orpik...It seems many question the taller players physical attributes if they're not sending opponents to the hospital courtesy of carted off the ice via a stretcher.
His play style suits the Wings; from what I've seen he doesn't look outta place if he's given big minutes, and has the skill set to play on both the pp/pk.
I'm certain he'll sign on July 1st for $6 million (as is the case with many UFA's - overpaid)...Me thinks there's a good chance that he'll stay in Nashville, but hopefully Holland will be in touch with his agent.