Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/19/14

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up before playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Helene St. James is going crazy. It must be the uncommon early Spring boredom that’s got her all redolent.  She’s out there though, right on a limb.  And there’s no hotter topic these days than the streaky Moose. Freep Johan Franzen did not have a good series, scoring one goal in five games despite playing next to Pavel Datsyuk. Franzen has eight years remaining on his contract, but his salary cap hit is a reasonable $3.9 million and his actual salary over the last three years is a combined $4 million, which would be attractive to teams worried about reaching the NHL’s minimum salary cap space requirement. Don’t get all giddy. The whole article is NOT devoted to trading Franzen. That would be porn.  It’s mostly about money (butt tons), free agents (Parise, Parise, PARISE) and alibis in the event that he fails again this summer (“We’re in the process of trying to become deeper, but it doesn’t happen overnight,” Holland said.).
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