What good is production in in the training room? 3 years in a row of 54 games played or less. yes one was a lockout and he still missed time. In his 10 year career he has scored 17 goals or more in only 4 seasons. the other 6 seasons 16 goals or less. he had a nice run for 5 years 2008-2012. But he can't stay healthy, doesn't produce much of the time, and should have been bought out 2 years ago when we had the chance. Even his supporters knew he was injury prone. Could have walked away for nothing. But no he is still here.
As for his cap hit, it really isn't that good. Compare with backes. 4 mil vs 4.5 mil. 10 years for Franzen 8.5 years for backes. 4 seasons of 17 or more goals vs 6 years. Not to mention backes plays with an edge and has toughness, Franzen gets hurt. You could also compare with Simmons and several others. All in the same price range and bring much more to the table.
I'm so angry at that guy for not playing more than 54 games in the lock out shortened season that only had 48 games in it? He only missed 7 games that year, which is about his usual for a full season.
On another note: I love the photo that comes up when you google Johan Franzen. It looks like Franzen was competing to look more battered than Sawchuck's Times cover. When you click on the image it brings you to this story of Franzen getting messed up by Doan- getting 23 stitches and returning to the game without a face shield.
It's the type of story that people love about the character and toughness of a player and their dedication to the team to come back when they weren't expected to. But with Franzen, I guess people had already turned on him at that point and his reputation already formed.