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05-05-2004, 12:24 PM
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I wonder how Francis feels about waiving his NTC to compete for a cup then not being allowed to play in the most important game of the playoffs for his team. It's a strange irony involved. Even in his last few games, he was disrespected. While Mark Messier plays a meaningless final game of the season and gets a standing ovation, Francis gets told by Pat Quinn that he's not good enough and takes a seat in the press box. It just adds to Francis's legacy as one of the most underappreciated and disrespected players of all-time, considering his contribution to the game.

Now let's let the Carolina Hurricanes sign him in the offseason and give him the symbolic retirement party that he deserves. Just think about how up in arms everyone would be if Mark Messier did get traded to the Red Wings and was benched for Game 6 against Calgary. There would be a virtual riot, i'm sure.

Oh well. As long as Francis doesn't regret it, then we're fine. He hadn't played a meaningful game in two seasons and it was probably good to get his blood pumping in that way again. Even if he didn't take full advantage or see all the icetime he could have.

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