If it is deemed that Franzen would need an extended time off to become healthy enough to play symptom free, then why wouldn't he qualify for LTIR? I am not saying just throw him on it today, but if today a Doctor said he recommended 3-5 months off, why wouldn't that be enough cause to qualify for LTIR?
It's not that he wouldn't qualify, it's that you generally don't look to bring in a key player with the space freed up by an LTIR assignment.
I've gotta think Alfie will re-sign for one more season. I don't think he burns his bridges in Ottawa and says "Thanks, but no" to the Bruins and moves his family to Detroit and all that for just one season with the Wings, especially with this season being so bizarro-world and Quincey-filled. I honestly believe he left the Sens to become a Wing and pursue the Cup as a Wing for as many seasons as his body will allow (realistically: two. Assuming we don't win it all on the first go-around.) Plus, he deserves a proper farewell tour, a la Selanne - though, granted, he doesn't need to be a Wing to do that.
Not that I'm opposed to signing a first-line scoring winger, mind you. I just assume we're not getting one. With Jurco making magic as a call-up, I just feel like his time is pretty much now. Send him back down to finish out this season, sure, but pencil him in for next season, provided we don't pick up a quality NHL scorer who makes Jurco a clear odd man out.