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by Paul on 02/01/09 at 12:38 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If you strapped Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to a chair and jabbed him full of truth serum, he’d say he wants to keep his hoss, Marian Hossa, more than his Mule, Johan Franzen, if Holland only has so many dollars to spend.
Franzen developed a cult following in Detroit after those 28 goals in his final 32 games last season, including the playoffs, and he’s followed it with 22 in 43 games this year, six of those game-winners. That’s 50 goals in 75 games, but Hossa, 30, is the world-class talent, almost a point-a-game player (695 points in 749 games).
If Hossa says he’ll play the next six years in Detroit for an average cap hit of between Henrik Zetterberg’s $6.1 million a year and Datsyuk’s $6.7 million, Holland is dancing. If Hossa wants to play hardball, then Holland will go to his Plan B, Franzen. Yet, while Franzen often looks like John LeClair from his Legion of Doom glory days with Eric Lindros with his bullish ways around the net, there’s a gnawing feeling that the 225-pound Swede benefits greatly from the cast around him.
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