The reason you seriously explore buying out Franzen isn't his streakiness, perceived laziness, or cap hit... it's the length of his contract and his age. He will turn 34 in a couple weeks, and he is signed for SIX more seasons after this. Do you honestly see him playing until age 40? I don't. If he does retire before the end of his contract, the Wings are subject to a cap-recapture penalty. Depending on when he hypothetically retires, that penalty could be almost $3M per year. This calls for an open and honest discussion between Franzen, his agent, and Wings' management. If Franzen doesn't want to play until he's 40, they should buy him out.
The one fly in the ointment is Weiss. If he continues to struggle all season, he's the top candidate for the last compliance buyout.
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