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Franzen (‘not feeling good’) to miss Thursday’s game

Nov 6, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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Detroit winger Johan Franzen hasn’t played since Friday; he won’t play tomorrow at home to Dallas; and it’s not clear when he’ll be back in the Red Wings’ lineup.

“I don’t know what the schedule is on Mule, I just know he’s not feeling good,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said, per

Franzen reportedly skated for half an hour today. He apparently has an upper-body injury, though no specifics have been provided.

The big 33-year-old has just two goals in 13 games, his offensive struggles (when he’s been able to play) being part of the reason the Wings rank a disappointing 19th in goals per game (2.50). Offseason free-agent acquisition Stephen Weiss, with just two goals in 16 games, is another part of that reason.

On the bright side, Pavel Datysuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson have combined for 44 points.

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  1. polegojim - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Of course you all KNOW me as a DIE HARD Red Wings fan…

    My position on Mule is the same as Ericsson… it’s not a bad thing that he’s out.

    He’s experiencing how good the Wings can be WITHOUT him… and that’s GREAT motivation on both sides of the deal.

    Forget all the freaking SENTIMENT…

    Put up and deliver or be replaced. That does not change in the NHL Hockey BUSINESS – that’s a fact.

    Let’s go RED WINGS!!!!

  2. 2late2matter - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    My fears were that Franzen was going to come up short – by virtue of physical problems – after the long off-season.

    Have to agree with polegojim that it’s time for the Wings to get used to Franzen gracing the ice on his own schedule. But then they need to look at what other team is so gifted with forwards that can afford to pay his salary.

    There’s probably a market out there for him….

  3. hockeydon10 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Myself, I have never comprehended the criticism thrown at this guy. Especially when one compares his cap hit to his production.

    Franzen ($3.95M)
    2011-12 – 29 g / 27 a / 56 pts
    2012-13 – 14 / 17 / 31 pts

    Look at players close to his cap hit (approx same number of games played)

    D. Briere
    2011-12 – 16 / 33 / 49 pts
    2012-13 – 7 / 12 / 19 pts

    W. Simmonds
    2011-12 – 28 / 21 / 49 pts
    2012-13 – 15 / 17 / 32 pts

    D Roy
    2011-12 – 217 / 27 / 44 pts
    2012-13 – 4 / 18 / 22 pts

    What about players with a higher cap hit?
    M. Hossa ($5.2M)
    2011-12 – 29 / 48 / 77 pts
    2012-13 – 17 / 14 / 31 pts
    Slightly higher then equal points.

    Z. Parise ($7.5M)
    2011-12 – 31 / 38 / 69 pts
    2012-13 – 18 / 20 / 38 pts
    Higher, sure, but not much for just shy of twice the cap hit.

    I realize everyone think he should be some great goal scoring machine. The reality is that he’s right there in the mix with other players just shy of a $4.0M cap hit.

    • polegojim - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      I’ve defended Franzen many times… using the same Hossa stats you did.

      My point is that while still productive… he’s most certainly not at his best and the Wings need to position for replacing him.

      The Wings are finding some interesting chemistry with him out.

      That’s not a bad thing… and it’s a hockey business thing. There is no downside to the ‘test’!

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