Detroit Red Wings: Johan Franzen’s Growing Hate Bandwagon

March 13th, 2012 by Nicholas DiFranco Leave a reply »
Located in the back corners of the internet, behind arguments over the legality of Niklas Kronwall's hit and speculation of Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement, is a Johan Franzen hate bandwagon that is adding seats in droves.

Here seems to be the gist of the argument.

In April 2009, Franzen was signed to a $43.5 million, 11-year contract. This contract compensates him nicely in exchange for a commitment to the Wings that, for all intents and purposes, will last the rest of his career.

In the year 2020, Franzen will turn 41 years old.

Franzen has had slightly declining production numbers since the signing, and the major argument seems to be a lack of effort. During the regular season, Franzen seems sluggish and has even been described as lazy.

He rarely uses his large frame to be a physical presence, under-utilizes his stick-handling ability and is notoriously streaky.

Certainly not a desirable description for someone in Franzen’s pay grade.

Here is the counter argument.

The numbers do not support the claim of a declining Franzen. In 2008-09 Franzen totaled 59 points in 71 games. 2009-10 ...

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