It's not that absurd. In their first 5 seasons, Kronwall score at .46 points per game, and Franson scored .41 points per game. That's a difference of 4 points over an 82 game season. My guess is, that this tiny difference in points can probably be attributed to the relative differences in the quality of the teams they've played for.
Kronwall played on two Stanley Cup finalist teams and 2 other President's trophy winning teams in his first five years.
And Cody Franson played for Nashville and Toronto.
There is more to offence then points.
Ill take Kronwall over Franson on the PP any day. Kronwall is a VERY underrated playmaker in the offensive zone. Ill also take Kronwall in my own end to make the first pass 100 percent of the time.
Of course, there is no argument that Kronwall is better than Franson defensively.
Seriously though, when was the last time a player left the wings and didn't increase their point totals? (Brunner ) If Franson comes here you can expect him to lose 20-30% of that point total, just like any other FA in recent history who came here, other than Hossa
Lombardi gave Richards another shot to find his game when he didn't buy him out this past offseason, like many were hoping he would.
I don't know what's going on with Richards but he sure didn't capitalize on that second chance.
He was a big part of the Kings first Cup and still contributed in the second, but man has his game fallen off. I don't know if it's wear and tear or just Mule-itis since he has the fat contract and a couple Stanley Cups.