Didn't see this anywhere else.....Babs vents on Franzen to the media (mlive):
Babcock said Franzen is a good person and family man who tries to be a good teammate but doesn’t handle the media as well as he should.
“If you stepped right up and talked it makes it easier,” Babcock said. “When you don’t, things build and I think that puts more pressure on you. I don’t know why you’d do that.”
He drew a comparison to an ordinary job.
“You have a meeting and no one says anything; you walk out the door and talk behind each other’s back,” Babcock said. “If you just call each other out and have the hard meeting, then everyone can get on with progress.
“He’s a man; he’s got to deal with that himself.”
Franzen was a force in the playoffs between 2008 and 2010, with 31 goals (including nine game-winners), 59 points and a plus-29 rating in 51 games. Since 2011, he has seven goals, 11 points and a minus-9 rating in 31 postseason games.
“We need more out of the Mule,” Babcock said. “It’s simple.”
The tone here from Babs is a bit harsher than before. Reading through his professionalism, you'd almost think he was fed up with Franzen. Not a huge stretch of the imagination to see a buyout this summer.
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