Franzen scores 27 or 28 goals and 60 points a year. Vanek has been at 30 and 70 on average the last few years. Please explain why Franzen is a bum at a $4 mil cap hit but Vanek is worth the monster contract he's going to want.
Dude, you're barking up the wrong tree. Fact is, the Franzen hate around here makes no sense and never will. Somewhere along the line Franzen got a certain reputation and people ran with it. Now they spend all their time trying to justify this hate post hoc with a variety of silly reasons.
Franzen's a floater (he isn't, you don't score as often as he does by not playing),
Franzen's streaky (he isn't, or at least not more so than Zetterberg who typically has longer scoring droughts than Franzen),
Franzen doesn't play defense (he does, in fact he's so responsible Babs has been using him on the PK),
Franzen's contract will be horrible when he's 40 (maybe, but so will every other back diving contract like his. What makes him different?)
Franzen's injury prone (he isn't, at least no more so than Dats and Zetterberg and far less so than Kronwall)
Now, here's the funny part. People say all these things about Franzen, and then when he's playing and scoring and making a difference (which is nearly every game) you say "I thought Franzen was a bum" and they'll reply "Well he isn't a bum NOW, because he's trying". Soooooo stupid.