I didn't see anybody talking about "quality of life" when Yzerman could barely skate (or walk). I'd imagine that affected his ability to play with his kids, or hell, even get out of bed. Yet he was gutsy, team first, leader for hanging on long past his prime, even as his contract, production, and presence became increasingly prohibitive. His best seasons in the latter years were only as good as what Franzen is doing now, mostly for more money.
I dont want this to happen, but I'm not going to lie, it would be hilarious to watch a couple people on this site freak out about it.
I will be one of them. Dear god, this guy has got to start living in reality. It's not 2009 anymore...
It's been what, 4 years since he's been any sort of useful? He's already been given 2 charity contracts (which is just something that should never ever happen if you're serious about putting together a competitive team).
I'm sure at one point he was a good 'locker room guy', but I can't see any way in which his behavior over the past few seasons could have been good for morale, especially for the younger guys. I'm sure watching a guy, with no production whatsoever, collect a paycheck just for showing up and going through the motions at practices is a great example to set
I don't even want him on the Griffins. In fact, I don't even want him with the organization in any capacity anymore. GO AWAY DAN!!! GO AWAY!
I would never want a situation where leg wand Nyquist and Franzen are our teams first line again, but when they had to, they carried this effin teams offense, and Franzen was the main reason for that. He was amazing.
Lol I think Anderson was first line center there for a few games.
After Babcock tried to force him into the nhl I highly doubt the smart thing to do right now is to send him down to the ahl, Blash is going to work so much better with our young guys i say we see similar if not better production than his 13-14 season, he can and will produce in a scoring role for this team on the third line. http://www.freep.com...jurco/30649441/Plus your nuts if you think Landon and Joakim are gonna beat him out as the 13th forward lol
I'm going to go on record as saying an 8th seed can't win the Cup. Not "can't" as in a mathematical truth, or a scientific law. But "can't" in the practical sense of the word. If you're betting on the NHL playoffs, and you're regularly betting on the 8th seed, you are stupid. They aren't going to win. They did once, and so dummies will repeat "get into the playoffs and anything can happen", but the truth is that it can't...or at least won't. The fact that it happened in the extremest of minority times proves that it's possible, but it's so improbable that it might as well be a closed topic.
It's like when the Red Sox came back from three games down against the Yankees, and then went on to win the World Series. Sure, they did it. It's possible. But it's so improbable as to be almost entirely useless as any sort of example.
Every mention of the 2012 Kings makes me cringe because people constantly bring it up as if it's indicative of something. When I used to teach college freshmen they did a similar thing all the time. If I were to say, "African American's overwhelmingly vote Democrat" you can bet your ass some kid would raise his hand and say "well, my uncle Ricky is black and he's a Republican". And it was everything I could do to not scream in his/her face "NOBODY GIVES A s*** AND IT DOESN'T MATTER!".
Franzen is one of the last people we want the youngsters taking an example from. You want guys that go out giving 100% every shift of every game to be your leaders. Not someone who says the regular season bores him or that hes not supposed to be a scorer as an excuse for his poor and streaky play. Look at his game before the contract and after and you will see he put himself into easy mode. He now will average 1-3 pts a night for 5-10 games and then disappear for the next 25-30. You'll win more with guys that consistently score a point game to game as opposed to someone who stocks up a couple points a for a couple games and then gets nothing the next quarter of the season. Especially when that player is in your top 6 and sees PP time. Ive said it before and I will continue to say it that if hes not scoring Franzen bring absolutely nothing to the team. When hes in his 20+ game slumps your better off having a 4th line grinder out there than him. Just because a guy is a veteran doesnt make him a good leader.
Now considering his health. When he states he went months without being able to hold his children for a couple minutes because of his head injury the fact that hes even trying to play again is messed up. As a fan of the team I dont want him back and as a human being not wanting to see another human with disabling brain damage I dont want to see him back.
Disappear for 30 games??? When was this? Sure he wasn't just injured? lol
Franzen brings nothing when he's not scoring? What exactly does Tatar bring when he's not scoring?
Franzen was on pace to be 3rd among Detroit forwards in blocked shots last season. 2nd only to Glendening and Miller. He was also on pace to be 6th among our forwards in hits.