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Red Wings lose Franzen, might get Samuelsson back

Mar 29, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT


Johan Franzen couldn’t complete Detroit’s 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury.

“They’re going to go back and have a look at him,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, he couldn’t play in the third. We’ll see what happens. It was serious enough to leave the game.”

Franzen is hard to replace, but at least Detroit is likely to get back another forward now that Mikael Samuelsson (hand) has been given the green light to return. Detroit got more good news with blueliner Kyle Quincey (fractured cheekbone) now being healthy enough to workout.

There’s still no timetable for Todd Bertuzzi‘s (leg) return, but the good news is that he’s been skating lately.

In other news, Carlo Colaiacovo, who was activated off of the injured reserve list last week, has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint. Colaiacovo hasn’t played since Jan. 21, so this will give him a chance to get back into game shape in time for Detroit’s final push for a playoff spot.

Detroit will attempt to bounce back against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. That won’t be easy, but the Red Wings need every point they can get.

Their loss against the Sharks was a costly one as they allowed San Jose to pull within one point of them. If it’s any consolation though, Pavel Datsyuk gave Logan Couture some nightmare fuel:

  1. redwings1977 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    No worries, Franzen only skates hard for about 3 minutes per game anyway. And to think we could’ve let him go years ago to resign Hossa. I think once Bert get’s back he’ll help them turn things around. And that Datsyuk move is sick. The guy is amazing.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I agree that looking back, signing Hossa would have been better, but you have to look at it from the standpoint of Holland in 2009. Franzen was playing very good and Hossa did not have a stellar finals. Holland tried to land both, but put the priority on Franzen. Now there may have been some inside info because if you remember, Hossa didn’t play the first half of the following season. I think the wings knew he had a back issue. If they would have signed Hossa and not Franzen, and Hossa was a bust becuase of back problems, we would be in worse shape than we are now with an on again/off again Franzen. The wings were still gun shy from Ewe Krupp.

    • polegojim - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Here’s my beef of the week post:

      Sad but true on Franzen. The guy’s been on cruise control…

      Very unimpressed with a number of our ‘veterans’ this year.

      Franzen, Abdelkader, Kindl, Kronwall… all should be IMPACT players… but are not

      I don’t care what Kindl’s +/- rating is… he’s a TURNOVER machine… and did it again last night.
      Ditto with Kronwall… he may be one of the NHL ‘D’ Points leaders… but he gives opposers about as many scoring chances as he helps to create.
      Abedelkader… just filling a spot and cashing checks.
      It’s a sign of a TOUGH year when we mark Quincy’s return as ‘eventful’. VERY soft on the puck.

      We’re glutted right now with D men who register hits by a ‘hand shove’. Even Kronwall has been… weak. Pavel Datsyuk is one of the best hitters on the team at this point… and we don’t want him hurt.

      There is absolutely NO FEAR playing the Red Wings right now.

      The Wings need to start identifying and stocking up more Lashoff and Cleary types… tough on the puck and tough on the boards.

      All that said… the coaching staff has done a REMARKABLE job keeping the Wings in the playoff hunt with with a revolving door of injury-ridden, make-shift lines.

      Hats off to Babcock and Co – but Howe, McDonnell, and Renzeti need to step it up.

  2. elrock7 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    You know the Wings are in decline when they sign useless band-aids like Carlo Colaiaccovo.

    Cant wait for their move to the east!

  3. polegojim - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    There’s still a shot at CLONING, eh?

    Great Gordie Howe Article posted today – very glad to have seen him play.

  4. polegojim - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Holland is awesome… Quote of the Day:
    “Trades, to me, can’t be forced. Trades happen because two sides each get something they want. Even if you think you have a need and want to do it, there has to be a fit. Somebody else has to have a need.”
    — Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland

    Love the guys philosophy… don’t just stack… meet the need and look to the future impact.

  5. mizbinboston - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Even though we lost the game and probably Mule, that vid has me grinning ear to ear.

    • polegojim - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      No kidding… Coutures knees bent backwards trying to figure out which way to go!!!

      Love that Dats.

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