So has Franzen. He has played in 117 games in those 3 years and scored 11 goals, Franzen scored 14 in 41 this year.. Franzen is one of our biggest and most physical forwards as well as our best goal scorer.
It's ridicKulous to say Penner is another Franzen.
It's too bad you can't appreciate being lucky (or are you a bandwagoner?) enough to be a fan of the best sports organization in North America(maybe the world) over the last 3 decades. But go ahead and continue to ***** and whine.
I love our team.
Same could be said of Stamkos and Ovechkin and they go plenty of 2 game stretches without goals and they make a lot more $ and have a lot more opportunity (ice-time PP time, less defensive teams...)to score goals.
Yup. Good analogy. Franzen is right up there with those guys in the trophy gathering and all star appearances. Oh wait ...
You laugh, but he actually does. He's following the NFL model with parity and sharing. Its smart longterm, but sucked for us shortterm because we were at the top. If this had been done in 1985, the Wings would have loved it.
Brunner fan here. I think he will be back and he will be better. It was his first year in the NHL and he held his own... Ups, downs, Playoffs, Bigger ice, Bigger players. Not everyone can do as he did and add value.
If Brunner hits the gym hard and adds 15 lbs and upper body strength, he will be a legit top 6. He looked good at times, but 200 lbs and not getting pushed around and bumped off pucks makes this guy super valueable.
You think that Sheahan could come in, play an offensive role, and be second on the team in playoff scoring?
If Cleary's gone, we're losing a lot more than you seem to think.
While I agree with you, it has to happen. Lidstrom loss hurt, but opened up the door for the saplings to grow. You gotta clear out the old sometimes. I would be looking to unload Cleary, Flip, Bert, Sammy, White, and Colo if I was Holland.
Cleary, Flip, and White take care of themselves as UFAs.
Buyouts take care Bert and Sammy.
Colo can be traded easily. 4th rounder in return.
If Holland is talking about having Bert and Sammy back (as mentioned in other places here) I highly doubt Franzen will be bought out. I have a weird feeling that a combination of loyalty, saving face, and not having a ready replacement will prevent this. I don't know what we will do about the cap hit if he retires. I feel that Z will play his entire contract, but not Franzen ...
THIS. Using buyouts is a way for a NEW GM to clean up old messes (gomez). No incumbant GM is going to admit a bad signing, much less 2, by dumping players he signed. "Yah boss, I burned 11 mil of yours for no reason. Turns out we cant even use this slow, old guy."
Just want to give my first annual end of season shout out to all of you. People ask me sometimes, "You post stuff on the internet? Why?" when they see me doodling on my phone and concentrating/chuckling/mumbling. I cant explain properly that debating with you, sharing opinions with you, and laughing at all the great pics you come up with adds a lot of good vibes to my days. So props to all of you thru good times and bans!