I always feel bipolar when it comes to Franzen. One minute I want to defend him, and the next, I want to punch that stupid ass grin off his face because he's so damn frustrating to watch. You see the stats and think damn, he's still good. Look at the points. But then you watch the games and you see him get knocked down and then he looks around waiting for the call and then ever so slowly gets to one knee and then stops and then finally gets up and moseys on over to the bench while the play is going on in the other end. Then you see him score 7 goals in 10 games or whatever and you think hot damn, the old Franzen is back! Then he's hardly noticeable for the next 20 games and the Wings are losing games and not scoring worth a damn and there he is on tv like wuh?? Who me???? I'm not a goal scorer. I'm a defensive specialist! STFU. Did you tell Ken Holland you were just a defensive specialist when you signed the long term deal? Then it's, well, his cap hit is a bargain for the points he scores, right?
On the health front, knowing what the medical community knows now about concussions and you have a guy who's already said he's had life altering symptoms trying to come back with a wife and kids, and you think what a selfish moron for putting himself at risk like that. Thank you for 2008, go back to Sweden and have a nice life. Then the next minute you think wow, he must really be dedicated to try and come back from this. But will a guy at his advanced age and history of multiple concussions really contribute much? Do we want him taking up a roster spot? But what if can come back and chip in 20 goals? Or would it just be better having that cap space if he goes on LTIR really be better for all involved?
I guess it all comes down to expectations and potential. They guy has all the physical gifts. Year after year, you hear the Wings need a big tough winger who can score. That could and should be Franzen, but it isn't. You wonder if its his health. Then he and the team say no. Next thing you know, Franzen is out for multiple games with some "mystery" ailment.
I get Mrazek is the shiny new toy and all, but why does it seem like people want Jimmy Howard to fail? He's a Detroit Red Wing.
Anyway, I think they should split games early on, and whoever seems to have the edge after 15-20 games should play the bulk of the season. I want Mrazek to continue to progress, and I want Howard to play as the best version of himself - each of those will help to make the other possible. Mrazek's pegged to be the future starter in Detroit, but he doesn't get there without hitting some bumps in the road. It'll be nice to have a capable veteran there to help out when he does.
kind of surprising we have serious discussion about it... Towes seems slightly better now and even this statement is questionable. You can't compare these two in their primes. In his prime Zetterberg was not only on par but dominated the best players in the league including Crosby.
So like you just said in his prime z was better. Even now x puts up just as many points and is just as good defensively even with his bad back
I think its funny how folks already say he stinks or is going to stink. He led the entire AHL in points and that is with playing 31 games up here.
Nyquist led the AHL in points as well when he first spent some significant time up in Detroit.
BTW, in Nyquist's 1st 40 games as a Red Wing, 4 goals, 13 points - Pulk's first 34 games, 5 goals, 8 points. Nyquist played with Z a lot in those first 40 games, Pulk played mostly 4th line (or less) minutes. This guy is not as quite of a playmaker as Nyquist, but he is a pure scorer. I predict a 25-30 goal season for Pulk IF he stays 3rd line or higher and sees significant PP time. His shot is unbelievably fast, unlike the Wings have had since Brett Hull. He will most likely get a 2-3 year $3.5M deal after this season, if not more.
Jurco also had 15 goals while playing mostly 4th line minutes. When this guy get back with Sheahan (or even a better center) he too could very well top 25 goals. This is a good thing, but he too will get that $3.5M deal or higher and then things really get sticky with the cap. You know Mrazek is getting at least $5M, Danny D is getting at least Q's $4.75M, Abby with his emergence will most definitely top $3M (he's a UFA, so it may be $4M+) Helm, as well. He has proven that he is at least in the median player salary area, so his modest contract now will be at least $4M next year...this does not add up too well for the cap. You think we are over now? Just wait until next year. IF Franzen, Howard and Ericsson aren't gone this season, they have to go next. There just won't be any cap space to re-sign your players that are your core of the future.
s***, I nearly forgot about Sheahan and the raise he will garner. Maybe won't be as significant as others, but he most certainly will top $2M I would think...
So players that are on their drafted team should get a bonus that doesn't count against the cap
Pretty much. Just have a percentage of home grown talents contracts not count VS the cap. It would reward teams that build through the draft, instead of having them get blown up like the Blackhawks have had to do twice now.
My sister passed away about 3 weeks ago from cancer.
A couple of seasons ago she had a chance to go to a Wings game.
My dad had been in contact with the Wings people and they were trying to work out who she might want to meet if she got the chance. It was up to me to ask her who she wanted to meet. Of course, we were trying to surprise her so I didn't want to just come out and say "Hey you're probably going to get to meet one of the players, who do you want to meet?"
So i would ask, "Hey Care, if you got to meet anybody on the wings who would you want to meet?"
"DAN CLEARY!" she'd exclaim.
So a couple of days later I would ask again. "DAN CLEARY!!" was the answer I got again.
She knew they were going to be going to the game when she went down to Ann Arbor, so I tried again, "No..Seriously....If you really got to meet one of the current Wings players when you go to the game, who would it be?" I could not have given her a bigger hint without flat out just telling her!
So she and my dad and uncle went to the game and had a good time. Then the game was over. As they are trying to 'leave' the building, my uncle is leading the way with directions on where to go with my dad and sister following him. She still has no idea.
They end up in an area where she figures they aren't supposed to be. "Are we allowed down this way?"
Finally they end up standing against a wall with a bunch of other people with a Wings/arena employee telling them to just wait where they are.
"Are we meeting players?!" She had finally figured it out.
While they were waiting she felt she had accidentally bumped into someone behind her. She turned to say she was sorry to them. But nothing came out of her mouth. It was Nicklas Lidstrom that she had bumped into!! (This was during his last season when he wasn't playing due to his ankle) He saw she was trying to apologize and told her it was no big deal. Other players like Pavel and Zetterberg had walked through the hallway where they were waiting.
Finally Dan Cleary came out and asked "Are you Carrie?"
I don't remember much of what else happened (I wasn't there, just heard the stories afterward), but he was super nice to her, took a couple of pictures, and signed some things.
The jersey says
"To: Carrie Best Wishes
Your friend, Dan Clear 11"
He also had a signed bobble head sent to our house a couple of weeks later.
I always teased her about wanting to meet Cleary over anybody else, but she really enjoyed the whole experience