Now you're shifting your argument. Franzen was absolutely meant to be the #3 guy. Not someone who helps out for stretches during the year. Yes, Holland's cap circumvention keeps it from being an awful contract as long as the cap keeps going up (which it likely will). But that doesn't change the expectation of him.
During the regular season he is somewhat of a lower tier Datsyuk and Zetterberg. During the playoffs however, Franzen is nowhere close anymore.
I just don't get how people are content with a 6'3" 225 lb guy with the skill of Franzen who floats around, disappears for long stretches, and seems content with his performance. Against Boston the Wings needed the Mule more than ever, and he was once again a no-show.
How so? The conversation started with someone saying he was the guy. I said he isn't. you brought in the idea of a #3 guy, - that still seems to denote that he's grouped in with Datsyuk and Zetterberg in terms of expectation. I said his money shows he is expected to be a supporting cast member. That seems pretty consistent to me.
As for the #3 guy thing, The money now shows that Weiss is expected to be more of a contributor than Franzen. Alfie was also above Franzen this past year.
Also, to clarify. I'm not a huge fan of Mr. Mule. He's not certainly not a complete player, but he's not paid like a complete player. I just think the hate he get is over the top.