I think Franzen himself is far from the norm. I wish him no ill will, but if he never came back it wouldn't bother me at all. He kind of lost me with that "I'm not a goal scorer" bit. It's like hey, don't expect me to do more, just expect less out of me and you won't be so disappointed. For me, it's not even that he doesn't score, but his overall malaise when he's out on the ice. He doesn't play well defensively, he doesn't use his size, he doesn't play physical, he always seems to be 2 steps behind the play. What I really can't stand is when he falls or gets knocked down and it seems to take him forever to get back up. Okay, Johan, you're not a goal scorer, but what do you do?
I've been surprised at how little he has been missed. He's supposed to be a top 6 player and yet his absence is hardly noticeable. Helm is out a few games and there's an obvious change in the feel of the lineup. Don't see Franzen returning this season.
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