I'm not calling anyone a doodoo head. But I do think you're out of your gord if you, a fan, think you know what's better for a players life/career than said player, his family, and the team he plays for.
I think I'd probably be considered a deputy in the Franzen police, but I have to disagree with members of the force here. There are times when a player doesn't act out of their best interest and when fans or outsiders can see this more clearly than someone driven by a love of the game and the sympathetic support of the family.
We all knew that MJ shouldn't give up basketball to go play baseball.
When Ricky "the ram" went into the ring for one more Ram Jam we all knew that wouldn't end well.
(Now serious): When Muhammed Ali fought Holmes when he was already experiencing tremors and vocal stutters it was an absolute shame. This has been said to have contributed to his Parkinson's.The majority were against this before the fight, but he fought this and one more fight after it.
I'm sure there's examples of players in the NHL who have played past when it was advisable to do so. Franzen's situation isn't as extreme as Ali's, but Ali did even receive medical clearance from the fight from the Mayo clinic (But he sidestepped a full physical ordered by the NAC).
I'm all for the return based on the fact that he will have to be cleared by the neurologist. He also sounds very aware of the risks and seems to be feeling out the viability of returning based on his body's response. He'd be a big addition to the team and he wants to play - I just want to hear that he's symptom-free. I understand why some are so worried about his health that they don't feel entirely comfortable with his return. I think if he's at a place where he's symptom free and cleared for games, though, then I think that should allays those concerns. He's at a higher risk for repeats, but risk is there for all NHL players at different levels. I think it's up to them to weigh those risks. Not being able to do what you love can have it's own negative effects on your life and that's a factor that shouldn't be ignored from the outside perspective.
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