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In Topic: Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

05 August 2015 - 09:24 AM

I just cant believe Mike Illitch approved a trade (involving one of his best players) to a team in Toronto.

In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

22 July 2015 - 03:15 PM

With the contract Nyquist just got and his ability to top 30 goals, do you honestly see him on the 3rd line? IF Franzen is back, I see HIM 3rd line at them most, with some PP time of course. I really see him being more like the 13th forward.  Besides you left out Miller. I think if Franzen makes a successful comeback in the NHL (and right now a successful comeback would be just staying off the IR for a whole season, his 30 goal seasons are over) it will be best to be limited in his role on this team to only playing so much to avoid another relapse.


If our former coach were still here, I could see him forcing Franzen into a bigger role than he is ready for AND keeping Dats and Z together.  I believe Blash will experiment with them together and splitting them up to see what is more problematic for other teams.  I see a healthy roster looking like this:


Tatar - Datsyuk - Abdelkader

Nyquist - Richards - Zetterberg

Jurco - Sheahan - Pulkkinen

Miller - Glendening - Helm

Franzen (along with either Ferraro or Anderssson)


First of all, if Johan Franzen is healthy - Drew Miller is the odd man out... every time.


Second, I really don't know why its so difficult to imagine Nyquist on the third line. Sorry to piss everyone off, but Gustav Nyquist only recorded 30 even strength points this year - and was invisible during the playoffs (where powerplays are typically less frequent). I'm not saying he's garbage, I'm not saying he's useless at even strength, I'm only saying that Johan Franzen certainly isn't playing on the 4th line, and probably needs to play with Hank or Pav to maximize his effectiveness, but also to create space for either one more so than Nyquist will.


By the way, you also don't coach or play the game simply to avoid injury - because that's when you get hurt. Playing Franzen in a limited role does absolutely nothing for the team, and both parties would be better off without him in the lineup if this were the case.

In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

22 July 2015 - 09:32 AM

I think a lot of people are underestimating what Brad Richards will do for Teemu Pulkinnen...


Once Datsyuk's back, the lines could potentially look like:







I understand Franzen's health is a massive question mark and he is by far the weakest link in our top 6, but can you imagine that 3rd line? Not a lot of size, but speed on the outside and a fantastic playmaker up the middle... 25-30 goals this season for Pulks may not be as crazy as it sounds...

In Topic: Taylor Pyatt Announces Retirement

21 July 2015 - 12:07 PM

Hmmm possibly a new record... Looks like 120 seconds and only 1 post to turn this one into a Franzen thread.



In Topic: Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

16 July 2015 - 12:21 PM

Could you post some of the advanced metrics that prove the Red Wings are better off without Franzen, please?


Not a problem - published on February 9th of this year.




Like i said, the only stastical positive Johan Franzen provides us with is a powerplay that operates at 2.7% better. Pretty sure Mike Green has that covered.