It's an interesting theory and his play certainly warranted it at times.
But why would they protect Franzen's feelings like that when Babcock doesn't hesitate to bench and call out anyone? Unless it's more to protect Holland and management from the ire of fans because Babs is benching a guy they have signed for 6 more seasons?
I hope he was benched. And I hope it happens more when he decides not to show up for games.
When has Babcock ever benched ANY Wings player considered to be top 9? If he had any sack at all Franzen would have been benched long ago. Cleary, Franzen and Samuelsson are a 10 million dollar bag of s***.
Franzen should have been packaged with what ever it took to get a replacement for a DEFENSEMAN.