I'm sure your heart is bleeding for the future of Johan and the rest of the Franzen family. I mean, sometimes you have to save people from themselves.
It seems pretty clear he wants to play. It seems a little less clear, but still reasonably clear, that he'll be allowed to try. And it seems mostly clear that he'll make this team better. So I honestly don't see what the problem is. Why not get on board the bandwagon and wish him luck, for all the good agonizing over it will do you?
I'm not trying to save Franzen from himself. Obviously it's Mule's decision. It's between him and the Red Wings organization. I don't think anyone has argued otherwise.
As for speculating on his health, we're talking about a guy who's had at least 5 concussions and will have taken half a year to come back from the last one. No one is saying he'll be a vegetable after another hit. He could play out his career and be fine or he could take a puck to the head in practice and suffer post concussion syndrome for the rest of his life without ever playing another game. No one knows. That's kinda the point.
But he is clearly at higher risk than most NHL players. To me it's not exactly a bold stance to be concerned about the future of his career after his concussion history.
Which is why I don't get why people expressing concern is so upsetting. People shouldn't criticize Franzen as a player, and now when they express concern for him that's not okay either? What exactly is ok to say about Mule?
You joke about people thinking they know better than Franzen how his health is, but is that any more ridiculous than thinking you can tell people's true motives for expressing concern, and that they're faking it?
Your quotes are more manipulated than Kip's, though. they're not what Franzen is currently or recently saying.
Franzen "couldn't get out of bed" a quite a while ago. He's said he never thought he wouldn't return and said he thought he'd play in round 2.
He's not cleared yet, but has there been an earlier time to be cleared? If he said he'd be ready for round 2, I think adding a full summer of recouping time makes it pretty likely he'll clear. He's been training and skating without set backs (or reported setbacks, at least). GM says they expect him to be ready at the beginning of camp. Everything points to him playing the beginning of the season so I don't think people are ignore the facts by including him in rosters.
I like the Monty Python references, though. She turned me into a newt!!!...................I got better.
Honestly it's more that I botched the Python reference than anything. I should've had Franzen saying the lines I didn't put in quotes. But my (hopefully) clearer thoughts are above.