Again after Francine was signed I said, YES! Now get Hossa signed and dump Hudler and Filppula. But we see that Holland chose to keep Hudler and Filppula and in turn forced Hossa to leave with an stupidly low ball contract offer.
So why don't you blame Hudler and Filppula for not being traded? Why does your ire fall on Franzen? He signed a sweetheart deal three months before Hossa left, and it's a "choice" between him and Hossa? Why don't you ever, EVER, present "the choice" as being between Hossa and Filppula, or Hossa and Hudler?
I'll tell you why. Because it's not as easy an argument to make, that's why. Because, in hindsight, everyone agrees that Franzen has been underwhelming. Not worth his contract. So you parade yourself around here, acting like you "knew it all along", because saying "Franzen sucks" is easy. And people largely agree with you.
But you didn't know it all along. Ooooooh no you didn't. Just like everybody else, you thought the signing was good. You advocated for it. And why not? Franzen had just had two MONSTER years. It WAS a good signing at the time. It all went sour AFTER he didn't perform up to snuff.
Which is all you need to say. I'd kiss your ass right now if you'd just once tell the truth..."I, Leftwinger, liked the signing when it happened. However, in hindsight, it didn't work out for the team". That's the truth.
But instead we'll hear endlessly about how "you knew better". You didn't. That point is fraudulent. You were just as fooled by Franzen's two good years as everyone else.
If you're a prophet, you're a false one.