Chelios by far. Longevity, leader, competitor to the max, and one of the top 5 defencemen of all time. There is more to the game then just goals. When Detroit lost Konstintinov and they brought Chelios in I had my doubts. But after a short while saw how great he was, and that was late in his career. Montreal made a great error when they got rid of him because he was not a French canadian.
That's a bold claim.
I guess some would say top 5 and top 10 isn't much different, but I say it is different in this case. I have him in the top 10, but he can't be top 5. Top 5 would be Orr, Lidstrom, Harvey, Shore and Bourque, in whatever order you want them. Potvin could also sneak in there. Chelios would be somewhere around Larry Robinson's ranking, just below that top group.
But you have evidence to suspect him of "emotional issues"?
This whole thread has turned hokey. Why don't we all stick to Franzen and hockey and not try to assassinate/dissect his character. Regardless of how we feel about him on the ice, there is absolutely NOTHING to suggest he's not a decent, committed, hard working, emotionally stable person.
Holland should sign McGrattan as a shadow buddy for Franzen. He seems like a good teammate and is popular with the ladies for some reason. I feel he can help Franzen get over his anxiety issues. It will help the team in the long run.