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01-12-2013, 12:33 AM
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How exactly is Franzen one dimensional? That is just a disgruntled wings fan rubish. Franzen is quite multi-dimensional.
2. He scores dirty goals. Rebound, Deflections, Garbage fairly consistently.
This is incorrect. He does not score garbage goals. Holmstrom scored garbage goals. Franzen plays a perimeter game; he generally doesn't go to the front. That's why Bertuzzi was on the line. Or Cleary.
4. He has size though does not always use it. (50/50).
Never uses it. He plays like he's 5-9, 175.
5. Gets a reputation as a floater cause he makes it look easy but steps up in the playoffs, always.
HA. No, he gets a reputation as a floater because he doesn't work hard on the ice. As for stepping it up, he has simply failed to do o the past two playoffs and was one of the team's most ineffective players last playoff.
7. He is not bad defensively.
He is perfectly capable of defensive play and showed that when he played the role of checking center. But when he moved to the wing and moved into a scoring role, he simply gave up on his defensive responsibilities. He doesn't even give an effort in his own zone.
8. He is consistently around 30 goals with or without datsyuk
He hasn't spent the majority of a season without Datsyuk as his "regular" center since 2008-09, when he played with Zetterberg and Cleary and the first line was Holmstrom/Datsyuk/Hossa.
Guy is a top 6 forward on any team in the league just because of his versatility. He is a grinder or a scorer. He was not named the Mule by Stevie Y for nothing.
He was named the Mule because he was actually working hard. He does not now live up to his nickname; he's better called the Jackass with the way he has played the past couple of seasons. Many Wings fans like to excuse his lazy, inconsistent play in the regular season with "he'll show up in the playoffs and be a huge performer." Well, he hasn't done that. What's the excuse? Franzen once upon a time was a defensive player, so clearly he knows how to play defense? Val Filppula was not so great defensively at ES last year either, playing from the wing. In the past he has been a quite capable defensive center.
All of that said... this is a terrible deal. Franzen is a top-six scorer. He is inconsistent, and has a long deal. But when he is on he is absolutely dominant. Realistically he should be able to himself, or for the most part bring back a top-pair defenseman like Bouwmeester or someone of similar level. To Washington for Schultz and a prospect is almost as bad as giving away Hudler for free.
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