The real problem is its too early to say such a thing. A model franchise is someone who does it for more than five years. The wings are still considered as such. Just like teams like the Steelers and pats in football. Or bama.
But all teams have down years so you guys really need to get over yourself its sickening. Just a complete embarrassment.
LOL. So Holland signed him to a 3 year deal at 1.9 million per season because "he's not the type of player Holland likes" Really? He rode the pine in the 2012 playoffs, too. Is he not the type of player Barry Trotz and David Poile like either? Coaches and GMs like the type of players that help them win.
Fourth liners are expendepable? Drew Miller clearly wasn't expendable. Darren Helm isn't expendable. The Grind Line wasn't expendable. 4th liners that do their jobs and contribute aren't expendable.
The playoffs have not yet had a sell out, though, they've definitely had sell outs this year. I bought tickets this afternoon and there was a line in the middle of the day - which I'm not used to. Anyway, the guy behind the ticket counter said this Friday's game might well sell out.
You can buy tickets a http://griffinshockey.com
You sure? Even dollar beer Friday nights didn't even get sellouts.....its a shame really all the talent that's here.
You win a hockey game only by outscoring your opposition, out hitting, out forechecking and out fighting is nice, but if you do all that and get outscored you still lose.
Franzen is guilty of floating, and of not playing as physically as he's capable of but he is one of the most consistent goal scorers in the entire league.
Clarkson is not a better player than him, he's had a hot season and a half but if you think Franzen is inconsistent then you're going to be sorely disappointed by Clarkson who before last season had never even hit 20 goals in a year. He's hardly worth the 5-6 million a season he's going to cost.
If you want to add a Bickell, you can easily do that without letting Franzen go, but Bickell is not going to make the top 6 any better. The only one of the players you mentioned who would be worth pursuing for a top 6 spot would be Horton, and we'd be better served having him and Franzen. Rather than him and Bickell, or him and Clarkson.
Sorry stopped reading when you said franzen is most consistent goal scorer. Then I realized you're trolling me...
I like Horton as much as anyone but even at his absolute best he's only going to match what Franzen produces not exceed it. Clarkson is even more of a gamble considering his career average before his 30 goal season is around 15 a season. Bickell is an upgrade on Abdelkader but you can add up every goal he's scored in his NHL career and only be slightly ahead of 1 season of Franzen's production.
On top of that, Horton and Clarkson are both going to cost more than Flip wants, and likely a few million more than Franzen for what at best will be the same production.
Contrary to the saying, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
So you made the mistake of thinking hockey only involves goals which it doesn't. It also involves check,ing, forchecking, back checking, fighting etc etc
Franzen does nothing but score and even that isn't consistent. Bickell even if he is not getting goals will be a physical prescense and will screen the goalie. Clarkson is much better all around then franzen.
And yes they will cost more that's why we need two and franzen gone. To improve the overall team.
But once again it makes too much sense and it won't happen. Remember? "We like our team". Same old beat up guys every with little to no changes and we expect better results!