No, you're still playing games with contract amounts.
You can't compare AAV on a single year basis as a barometer of what the expectations are. These contracts are handed out at different times with the cap at different levels and the team in very different conditions. A UFA signed on short notice in 2013 to fill the hole vacated by Flip is a very different situation than re-signing a roster player in 2009 that the Red Wings drafted.
You're completely ignoring that the Wings gave Franzen an 11 year contract. The second longest contract in the history of the franchise. You only do that with a player you want to be the core of your team. If you look at quotes from the time I bet Holland says as much.
Again, it all gets back to the point as to why people are content with someone with his size and ability underperforming. Frankly I don't care what he's paid. I'm not footing the bills. If the Wings want to win more than one playoff game they need guys who compete night in and night out.
Franzen has the size and skillset to be much better than he is. Or more accurately be as good as he is at times more often.
Why are falsely claiming that "I'm playing games" and "shifting my argument?" We just disagree about what his contract says about his expected contribution to the team. Respect my view as I do yours. I'm putting up real numbers as support - I'm not playing with them. For me, the cap hit is all important in the cap world.
Yes, he was signed for an 11 year contract - it says he meant to be a part of the team for a long time. We just disagree how large a part. I think, if he was expected to contribute closer to the level of Z and Dats then his cap hit would be closer to theirs. And yet many fans are always angry at him for not being at that level. It's understandable because of his stretches of great play. If he was that player consistently, though, he'd be paid much more.
Franzen needs to be better than he was this playoffs, but that can probably be said about every player on the team. Yet Franzen is the lightning rod for hate. Franzen is not one of the drivers of our bus - not paid like that, won't be that guy consistently.