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St. James: Franzen “Doubtful For Game 1”

Updated 1355 EST:  One more note from John Niyo.  Dan Cleary ditched the face guard today.

Updated 1344 EST:  See below. I told you bastards he was fine.  Just fine.

Here’s what else is “doubtful,” that the Diggers have an ounce of nad between them, St. James included.  Why?

First, what she’s saying today.

I just spoke with general manager Ken Holland and he said Johan Franzen is still doubtful for Game 1.

Franzen hasn’t played since Game 1 against Dallas because of headaches, but Holland said Franzen has been headache free now for a handful of days.

“He feels pretty good, no headaches, but he hasn’t been cleared to practice full out,” Holland said. “He’s day-to-day, doubtful for Game 1.”

Is it me, or does every HSJ blog entry begin with, “I just spoke with Ken Holland…”?

If she’s going to keep that up, she should use a standard continuation that goes something like this:

“I just spoke with Ken Holland, and he didn’t tell me squat.  And get this, I didn’t follow up either.  Thought about it, but he frowned, so I was, like, no way.  Ansar?”

Here’s a question, Helene, that I would ask…and feel free to pass this on to your pals Khan(!) and Teddy.  “Ken, has there been any indication that this could be something other than post concussion syndrome?”

You know what? Maybe I’m being too harsh on our young Mr.‘s and Mrs. Olsens.  Maybe they’ve asked the question and they’ve been given an answer that was vague or just blown off.  If so, tell us.  If you don’t, you’re making yourselves look like idiots, tools of the Wing PR machine.  Oh, and MacLeod’s not exempt from this either.  I haven’t seen any indication he’s been exactly hounding the organ-I-zation for details.
Why only light workouts?  Because they don’t know what the hell is wrong, but nobody’s saying it. 

Now, if they’re listing Franzen as doubtful, only to spring him on Pittsburgh at the last minute Saturday? I’m digging that.  Lie to us Kenny.  We’re into it. 

But it’s all seeming pretty shady to me.  Fortunately, the Diggers are hot on this one, pestering Holland, going all Woodward on his ass. 


I’ll tell you what.  If it turns out, and obviously we all hope it’s not, that this is something more serious than anyone’s letting on…and bloggers are the only ones publicly raising the BS flag?  Something stinks.  Even worse than usual.

Note to Diggers: Do. Your. Frigging. Jobs.

Update:  From the Anti-Digger,

Johan Franzen will practice with the Red Wings tomorrow. The forward, who has been sidelined by headaches, hasn’t played since Game 1 of the Western Conference final. Franzen did not speak with the media today.

He likely will not play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

“He’s going to be available, I don’t know at what point,” said coach Mike Babcock. “We’re real optimistic. Doctors make those decisions. I don’t think he’s going to play in Game 1. But anytime after that (he might play).”

“He’s ready,” said Babcock. “There’s no coaching perspective in this. It’s all doctors. He’s tipping pucks in the back of the net. He’s flying around at 100 miles an hour. ... He’s ready to go. He’s just got to get the OK.”

“Likely not play”, my ass.  If he practices tomorrow after, “flying around at 100 miles an hour”?  He’s in there Saturday.



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