Franzen has been fine this year. When he starts to go off for 2 or 3 goals then the whiners will stop.
Franzen is on pace for 10 goals this season...For a 82 game season he'd be on pace for 20 to 22 goals...So far IMHO Franzen has been far - far away from "fine".
When exactly will he start ripping off 2 plus goals per game?..From what I can tell those days are over.
EDIT - As Nightfall rightfully pointed out below - Franzen has missed several games this shortened season due to injury...If taken that into account we could potentially add several more points (2 to 3 more goals, 3 to 4 more assists).
Here's the thing I don't understand about Kenny's philosophy. He doesn't want to do something and get worse, but he also doesn't realize that by doing nothing and getting older, you are getting worse. Each year he doesn't do anything, our already aging core gets a year older. And there's nothing on the horizon to suggest that we've got a new core in the making. Even our highly touted prospects aren't the next great wave or Red Wings. The next wave would have been guys Abby, Helm, Kindl, and Ericsson's age, and if that's our new core then watch out.
If he continues to do nothing and hopes that internal growth will fix these problems, he's likely to lose Datsyuk and Flip, while Z, Kronwall, and Franzen decline and there will be NOBODY there to pick up that slack.
Unless, of course, you think Nyquist and Tatar are the answer. I don't.
Kenny then gives Bert a contract extension, and signs Sammy this off season...Our youth at the forward positions are getting an audition, but so far our "best" prospects who are Dmen are still developing in GR...Pierre McGuire mentioned of "loaded" we are concerning our future on defense - however it's a bit too early to tell if they'll become legit Dmen at the NHL level.
If there's anyone available as trade bait I certainly hope it's Franzen...I'm so sick of watching him float around.