During the offseason the Detroit Red Wings will be able to use a compliance buyout on two players. Over the next couple weeks we will take a look at which players could end up being bought out during the offseason for the Red Wings.
HEIGHT: 6′ 3″
CAP HIT: $3,954,545 / 7 years left
STATS: 31 point (14 goals, 17 assist) / 41 games played
With 7 years left on his deal, which would keep him under contract until he is 40 years old, Johan Franzen is a prime candidate for a compliance buyout. With seven years left on his deal it might not make sense to keep the big sniper on the Red Wings.
Why should the Red Wings buyout Johan Franzen?
Johan Franzen might just be the streakiest player in the NHL and at 33 years old he is in his prime, which might only last 2 or 3 more years.
If Franzen retires before this contract is up the Red Wings would receive a recapture cap hit because of the new “Luongo Rule” in the CBA.
Why shouldn’t the Red Wings buyout Johan Franzen?
With seven goals and eight points in the last 8 games of the season, Franzen was a driving force behind the Red Wings run to make the playoffs.
He is the only pure sniper on the team at the moment and gives Pavel Datsyuk a shooting forward to play along side.
The question is, do we think he should be bought out?
This is an iffy one because Franzen is one of the streakiest players and can be invisible on the ice or even a disruption to the teams flow, but the Red Wings do not have a player like him on the roster this moment with his size and skill.
Johan Franzen will return to the Red Wings and while some Wing fans may not like his effort night in and night out he makes the Wings a better team.
Franzen will not be bought out.