They don't make almost twice as much as Franzen, their cap hit is just higher. Franzen is signed through 2020 with the last 3 years being 2, 1, then 1 mill to get his hit down. That's about Holland's cap manipulation, not their relative pay this past season.
Is this why Zetterberg and Datsyuk make almost twice as much as Franzen? I mean, you get what you pay for, right?
Mule was paid $5.25 mill this year, compared to 6.7 for Dats and $7.4 for Z.
Either way I don't think floating is something that should be excused by a player's salary. Teams that win have players who bust their ass to fulfill their role every second of every shift. That sure doesn't sound like Franzen.
It's not that I think the Wings should trade him, but I'd love for Babcock to sit him when he's floating out there.