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 seen a lot of people back then that said that he should hang them up for that very reason so im not sure what you were looking at or not looking at.
I had considered that regarding Yzerman and other players willingly sacrificing their body but to me it's different when it's your brain.
With your knee there's so much more that's known about what your quality of life will be and what the treatment options will be, like a knee replacement. With CTE and post concussion syndrome it's literally your entire world that could be affected.
I'd take chronic knee pain any day over potentially years of migraines, memory loss, noise and light sensitivity, depression, nausea, and personality changes.
I can't speak for others but for me it's truly not about wanting Franzen off the team. It's more about me remembering these guys are people with lives and not just hockey players I root for and/or criticize. In the craziness that comes with fandom, it's easy for me to forget that sometimes.
Well to some it's not about you caring that the man could screw up his brain. you are just being a big meany who only wants him off the team.
I'm not trying to save Franzen from himself. Obviously it's Mule's decision. It's between him and the Red Wings organization. I don't think anyone has argued otherwise.
As for speculating on his health, we're talking about a guy who's had at least 5 concussions and will have taken half a year to come back from the last one. No one is saying he'll be a vegetable after another hit. He could play out his career and be fine or he could take a puck to the head in practice and suffer post concussion syndrome for the rest of his life without ever playing another game. No one knows. That's kinda the point.
But he is clearly at higher risk than most NHL players. To me it's not exactly a bold stance to be concerned about the future of his career after his concussion history.
Which is why I don't get why people expressing concern is so upsetting. People shouldn't criticize Franzen as a player, and now when they express concern for him that's not okay either? What exactly is ok to say about Mule?
You joke about people thinking they know better than Franzen how his health is, but is that any more ridiculous than thinking you can tell people's true motives for expressing concern, and that they're faking it?
Honestly it's more that I botched the Python reference than anything. I should've had Franzen saying the lines I didn't put in quotes. But my (hopefully) clearer thoughts are above.