Leave it up to Helene St. James to be baffling stupid in her preview of Pulkkinen today. According to her, Pulkkinen didn't get any meaningful powerplay minutes (he had over 2:30 minutes per game) but he should also be utilized as a point man on the PP behind Green. Because you know, guys with his skillset always play on the point (cough...Ovechkin...cough Stamkos...cough, cough).
There's no reference even sited in any of these clickbait articles, they are trying to drum up site hits when it's slow
That's why I stay away from every "the hockey writers" article, usually mlive has somewhat decent content.
Slow off season though, ken Holland brought in good ufas, and bought out Weiss, so there's nothing else to complain about, just speculating and hoping for his next slip up.
I don't think chronic back problems lead to brain damage lol.
Plus I think a lot of us are talking about possibility of future injury since the last one he was out for 6 months. I still stand my position that he should have hung em up. But hockey players can just be so stubborn
But I agree with you, Franzen would be an asset. This is something I realized about 2 seasons ago when our scoring wasn't very good after we lost Lidstrom and Zberg and Datsyuk started declining. Every bit counts for this team now.
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.
True Lol they might actually want Jimmy to start 81 since he's such a stud but if Mrazek starts more than 50 you can almost guarentee this is Jimmy's last year as a wing, I'd like to see us deal him to San Jose with Quincey and a 2nd for Vlasic or Burns
Where are you two getting this stuff from?
I haven't seen anything where people are saying Jimmy is a stud, and that Mrazek should be on the bench. I've seen people say split time until one becomes the clear choice, but never that Howard should be/will be the definitive starter no matter what.
And jimmy Howard literally was an all star recently, so what's happening is you're lobbying for him to start 55 games, while ragging on someone else for saying jimmy could be the starter.
Are you guys talking about the people who say you shouldn't trade Howard this season and interpreting that as a large group of people who believe Jimmy is an elite #1? Because trading him right now would be dumb, we have to see how Mrazek does, and we don't have any better options for the back up spot, add to that the fact that we would be selling extremely low on jimmy coming off the end of the season be had.
And a single year of kyle quincey, jimmy Howard and a 2nd round pick will not get us classic or burns. Not even close.
I think Mrazek starts 55 and Jimmy starts 27. Well hopefully since Mrazek is on my fantasy team. Lol If it Lolwere up to this board,Lol Jimmy would start 70Loland Mrazek wouid start 12. Lol
Seriously, where are you guys pulling this stuff from?
I've also seen people say we have to give him ample games to get his trade value back so we can get something for him without having to retain on his contract.
For the most part, everyone here is in agreement that Mrazek is the goalie of the future and Howard will be gone as soon as Mrazek shows he can be consistent, and we bring in a capable backup. Somehow you two see that and decide it means this website worships Howard.
A red wing goalie.
A position that no matter who was in Metz or what he won with the teams still gets endless criticism, is a group of red wings fans golden boy.
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.
Going out and giving 100% every shift is the most over used cliché, sure a guy giving 100% every shift through the entire regular season sounds good but he's not going to be able to maintain his best level of play the entire time. Mike Babcock talked about it a few times, (I believe referring to helm, iirc) talking about learning to pace yourself for the 80+ game grind that is the regular season. If a player goes out and plays with reckless abandon every second of every shift he's either going to wear himself out or he's going to constantly be getting injured.
Like any other scorer, he goes through hot/cold streaks, but that doesn't make him worthless when he's not scoring goals, and it certainly doesnt make him a bad influence, or "the last person you want the kids following examples of." I wouldnt call him a gym rat, but he definitely puts in the work. Last off season, he came in and beat every other wings player in all of the fitness tests. Even in the article that was posted in this thread it shows him running the optional practice.
I honestly think people are only so down on him because of the expectations that got put on him when he dominated the avs, and now since he didn't turn into a player that scores a hat trick every other game, so he's worthless. But he only had around 40 points during that regular season. He was riding an incredible hit streak those playoffs.
And none of the anti-franzen guys will ever admit to this, but he is pretty damn good in his own zone. He supports the d well, he covers the point if someone gets caught pinching, he somehow becomes faster on the back check, and when hes on the ice other teams have to respect the fact that he's out there and send support on him when he gets close enough to the net. Which leaves someone else open, or pulls their d away from the net mouth,.and
His shot in close is amazing.
And he's the 3rd alternate captain, so the brass/Babs obviously thought he's a good leader. All of these things are indications that he is a leader.
Unless of course when the "a" is on his jersey, it stands for apathy.
The hypocrisy by some of the people in our fan base is amazing to me. He got his money and stopped caring/trying, yet his ppg got better, and has stayed around that same level. . So either it doesn't matter that he doesn't give 100% every shift, (which makes the hate for him due to his compete level completely irrelevant, irrational, and dumb)
Or his effort level hasn't dropped, and the group of people bashing him don't understand the game enough to know whats happening and just decide hes worthless because he isn't scoring multiple goals every game.
Franzens not coming back for the Money, if that were the case he'd just sit on ltir and collect his checks while kicking back. He knew this was his last contract when he signed it, and i highly doubt him or kh thought hed realistically play out the entire contract anyway. Thats how things were before the last lockout, add some years onto the end of the deal, get the aav down and retire out from under the contract.
He is a leader on this team, he's a veteran and he's trying to live up to the standards that were set in place by the players he learned the game from. If Datsyuk was drafted and played for almost any other franchise, he's not re-signing for three more years after his last deal was up. Zetterberg isn't rushing back from back surgery after six weeks to play against the bruins in the playoffs. They are the leadership group, and Franzen is a big part of it. IMO, he seems genuinely interested in trying to set the same example for the kids that was set for him when he was their age.
He brings the veteran leadership that we all know will be on the team in one form or another, but he can still score around .70 ppg. If he has any reservations that his head isnt quite right, he's not going to hold that back from the wings, and the wings wouldn't let him go out there if he wasn't ready. They pay specialists a lot of money to get these decisions right, and I'm not a doctor, so if they clear him to play and he's willing and able, noone should be able to tell him not to.
Him being active adds to our logjam at forward, sure, but he's not blocking anyone that would out perform him. And as long as that's true, holding him responsible for possibly losing dime a dozen grinders in the future is a very feeble argument.
This reminds me of something funny I read:
If I have a daughter I'm going to name her lizard, and then she'll get the nickname Liz. And everyone will ask her "oh is that short for Elizabeth?" And she'll have to say "no my name is lizard."
I had this great idea (that I was never serious about, but I thought it was hilarious) when I was younger that I was going to teach my first kid to read, but with letters upside down and sideways, so everyone would think he was dyslexic.
I don't know why I found it funny, now that I think about it, its in the category of monstrously cruel, so its kind of funny, I guess.
For everyone who was concerned with me about the lack of seeds in watermelon taffy, I have found a popsicle that has them and they taste very similar. Watermelon bomb pops.
Its not as convenient, because to this point I've only found this delicious frozen treat from the local ice cream truck. But still.
Nike started all the "athletic shoe manufacturer getting a piece of the hockey world" in the 90's by slapping the swoosh on Bauer equipment and getting players like Fedorov and Sundin to endorse it. I don't mind it but being old school I think hockey jerseys should be sponsored by hockey manufacturers (Koho, CCM, Bauer).
Feds looked so damn cool though all swooshed out.
Gloves, helmet, pants, stick, and those beautiful white bubble skates.