Can't buy him out. Why reward his terrible effort, inconsistency scoring, and general disinterest with a $22.5M pay check and the opportunity to get paid more elsewhere? I hate watching this bum, but its never going to happen. I've said it for 3 years now: dock his ice-time, scratch him from time to time, do something, ANYTHING to get the guy playing like he should. He has had a free ride and he is way too comfortable.
Through 14 playoff games, Franzen ended up with 6 measly points and a team-worst -7 (tied for 3rd worst in the league). Worse than that, he played soft. Terrible effort, perimeter play, few quality chances despite the work of his linemates. Until a 3rd period flurry last night, he showed nothing. The guy has arguably the Top 3 skillset/talent on the team, but by far the worst effort. That is shameful. Imagine a guy with Zetterberg's drive given Franzen's tools (size/shot).
We can't buy him out, but next year when he is floating most of the season, can we stop pretending his point production off his linemates' work justifies his $4M cap-hit while he continues to cash $5M+ paychecks?
And can we put to bed his clutch playoff status, circa 2008-2010?
2008: 16GP 13G 18PTS +13 ($900K)
2009: 23GP 12G 23PTS +8 ($1.15M)
2010: 12GP 6G 18PTS +8 ($5.5M)
(AVERAGE: 1.157 PPG)
2011: 8GP 2G 3PTS -1 ($5M)
2012: 5GP 1G 1PT -1 ($5.25M)
2013: 14GP 4G 6PTS -7 ($5.25M)
(AVERAGE: 0.37 PPG)