Johan Franzen

#93 RW / Detroit Red Wings / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 223 lb Age: 36 College: None

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INJURY ALERT: IR | Concussion | Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to

    Red Wings' Johan Franzen: Unable to shake off concussion symptoms

    Franzen (concussion) is likely to remain on long-term injured reserve for the four years that remain on his contract with the Red Wings, reports. Franzen, who missed the majority of the 2014-15 campaign and only lasted two games this season, explained that his concussion symptoms resurface whenever he attempts to exert himself. Khan suggested that Franzen's situation mirrors that of Marc Savard and Chris Pronger, former stars still possessing NHL contracts without much of a chance to ever play again due to the their respective concussions. As sad as it is to see a career derailed by injury, one can marvel at Franzen's past accomplishments with Detroit. The "Mule" collected 370 points (187 goals, 183 assists) in 602 career games, adding power points in nearly 20 percent of his appearances. In 2008, Franzen scored 13 goals in 16 playoff games and helped Detroit earn its 11th Stanley Cup.

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    Red Wings' Johan Franzen: Placed on long term IR

    Franzen (concussion) was placed on long-term injury reserve Thursday, Fox Sports reports. Franzen, who's been out since early October with a concussion, remains out indefinitely per genermal manager Ken Holland. Concussion symptoms forced him to miss much of the 2014-15 season as well, so at this point it's unclear if he'll be able to return at all this year.

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    Red Wings' Johan Franzen: Placed on IR on Thursday

    Franzen (concussion) was placed on IR on Thursday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Franzen is currently dealling with a recurrence of the concussion symptoms he's been battling since January, which forced him to miss much of the 2014-15 season. Head injuries are always scary, and the fact that the Franzen has been dealing with the symptoms for much of the past 10 months makes his ailment particularly disconcerting. His next opportunity to return to game action will come on Oct. 23 against the Flames, but it's unclear how realistic that return date is at this point in time.

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    Red Wings LW Johan Franzen will sit out of Tuesday's game

    Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will sit out of Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning, Ansar Khan of reports. It's unclear exactly what type of injury he's dealing with, but he wasn't feeling 100 percent coming into the matchup and the Red Wings decided to keep him on the bench. Franzen sat out the entire second half of the 2014-15 season due to concussion symptoms, so he very well could be dealing with those symptoms again. Whether that's the case or not, his next opportunity to return will be Friday against the Hurricanes.

  • Wings' Franzen Cleared To Play

    News: Johan Franzen was cleared to play on Saturday,'s Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: Johan Franzen, who has been working his way back from a concussion he suffered in January, has remained hopeful that he will be ready to take the ice for Detroit's Oct. 9 season opener against the Maple Leafs. Now that he has been cleared to play, that scenario seems likely. He'll be ready for the start of the Red Wings' upcoming training camp, which will serve as the first true test of his health. Franzen's status is worth monitoring, as he is still a productive scorer for the Red Wings when healthy.
  • Red Wings' Franzen Still Eyeing Oct. 9 Opener

    News: Johan Franzen (concussion) reiterated last week that he has no intentions of retiring and expects to be on the ice for the Oct. 9 season opener against the Maple Leafs,'s Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: Johan Franzen noted that he still experiences the occasional setback while he tries to work his way back from a concussion he suffered in January, one of the many head injuries he's sustained in his career. However, the worst of the setbacks appear to have passed since the spring, and he continues to receive treatment with the hope that he'll get clearance to participate with the Red Wings when training camp opens on Sept. 18. The 35-year-old is about as risky as it gets on the health front, but when he's been on the ice, he's been a productive scorer for the Red Wings. In the 33 games he skated last season, Franzen tallied seven goals and 15 assists.
  • Red Wings Remain Optimistic About Franzen

    News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Monday that he expects Johan Franzen (concussion) to be cleared for participation at the beginning of training camp, reports.
    Analysis: The Red Wings have received positive news throughout the offseason from Johan Franzen regarding his recovery from a concussion that limited him to just 33 games last season, with none coming after Jan. 6. Holland said the 35-year-old forward has been working out at Joe Louis Arena for the last two weeks, and is just awaiting clearance from the doctor once he takes his pre-camp physical. Franzen has a lengthy history of concussions that make him an annual health risk, but given his productivity when on the ice (he had seven goals and 22 points last season) and the five years remaining on his contract, the Red Wings are still viewing him as an integral roster member.
  • Wings' Franzen Expected Back Next Season

    News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said last week that Johan Franzen is showing improvement in his recovery from a concussion and is expected to be ready to go for training camp,'s Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: Johan Franzen's 2014-15 season came to an end Jan. 6 when he suffered the concussion, but the forward has been able to resume working out in preparation for the upcoming campaign. While he still has yet to receive full clearance from doctors to take contact, Franzen still has multiple months before training camp starts to put his post-concussion symptoms behind him. The 35-year-old has dealt with multiple concussions during his 10 seasons with the Red Wings, and while his latest doesn't appear to be career-ending, his troubling history with head injuries with make him more of a risk than most players to stay healthy in 2015-16.
  • Wings' Franzen Likely Out For Playoffs

    News: Johan Franzen (concussion) acknowledged Wednesday that he isn't expecting to return to the lineup during the playoffs, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
    Analysis: Johan Franzen hasn't played since suffering a concussion Jan. 6, and still appears to be experiencing some symptoms of the head injury. The forward has dealt with multiple concussions throughout his career, so the Red Wings figure to proceed cautiously with him by giving him the full summer off to recuperate. Franzen expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
  • Wings' Franzen (Concussion) Skates Briefly

    News: Johan Franzen (concussion) skated for a little bit Friday but left the ice before practice began, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.
    Analysis: Johan Franzen is expected to return before the regular season ends, and him actually skating again is a step in the right direction. He's still at least a few weeks away, however.