Even at his current contract vs. points/goals produced, Franzen is a good deal. People like to forget that because he is streaky and admittedly looks lazy as f*** out there a lot of the time. Name another player that can consistently put up those numbers at his cap hit though. Can't. Its not possible in the current NHL.
Filppula has great potential, but for whatever reason was unable to reach it with us. To say Weiss is half the player is silly. You are seriously going to judge him as a hockey player based on one season where he played the first half severely injured, and had to leave for surgery the second? Come on... Its way to early to speak on Weiss as a Wing.
Tootoo was bought out as a courtesy to him, so he could continue his NHL career (if a team picks him up) instead of being buried in the minors.
And you didn't even mention Quincey or Cleary. Those are the two players that are going to handicap the team this season. (not to mention they are both getting absurd paychecks for sucking)
I would MUCH rather have D or Z get drunk and play grab ass with a cop and have to get booked, and maybe get a slap on the wrist and a fine, then have Quincey signed for another 2 years at an absurd $4+ mil.
It truly amazes me how idiotic some people are acting about the players participating in the Olympics. First the Pav thing, now this.
Hank's back has been injured for a couple years now, its been an ongoing thing. Anyone who follows the Wings knows this. If he hadn't tweaked it in the Olympic game, he would have tweaked it in the next Wings game.