This season, Franzen has been a force for the Red Wings, when he is healthy. In 70 games this season, Franzen has 34 goals and 25 assists, which ranks him in the top 100 of pool scoring and has signed a deal that sees him in the same range as Scott Hartnell and Milan Hejduk, who are in the same scoring range this year. Franzen should be ranked as a third or fourth round pick in your Draft in the regular season and he should be a high priority in your Playoff Pool.
The Red Wings have a barrel of questions that they need to have answered this summer, as they now have 17 players signed on for next season at an annual salary cap hit of $51.8 million, which might leave just enough for some young kids to fill the roster. Let's have a look at the 17 I have pegged for next season and you can decide who might be thought to be expendable to fit in another player or two.
|Pavel Datsyuk||Nicklas Lidstrom||Chris Osgood|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Brian Rafalski||Jimmy Howard|
|Johan Franzen||Niklas Kronwall|
|Tomas Holmstrom||Brett Lebda|
|Dan Cleary||Andreas Lilja|
|Valtteri Filppula||Brad Stuart|
|Kirk Maltby||Derek Meech|
Working from the back end forward, the Red Wings have some serious backing and if Chris Osgood does come back, he should be teamed up with Jimmy Howard, who has been waiting in the wings (so to speak) for some time in the Detroit system. The Wings already have their seven defensemen locked up and it's a good bunch, especially when you throw in Derek Meech. Brad Stuart may fall to the wayside, because of his salary, but he could be a valuable commodity to move. The holes in the forward lines will be interesting to see how they are filled, but they have plenty of scoring already signed up for next season.