The Wings missed the prime window to rid themselves of Franzen last summer when they still had the second buyout available from the lockout. They had depth at forward, Franzen is declining and injury prone and hasn't been a factor in the playoffs for five years now. I know there are factions in love with his "cap friendly deal" and for awhile I agreed, but the Red Wings were in great position to make Franzen go away without it negatively affecting the team's success. Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan and Jurco are all here now plus Pulkkinen, Mantha and others on the way.
Dan Cleary is still on this team because Ken Holland "gave his word". I just don't see Holland agreeing to a contract with a guy like Franzen and not doing everything he possible can to honor it. It's not his style. Which is both frustrating, and decent.