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No more headaches for Red Wings’ Franzen and he’s hoping it stays that way

Jan 25, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are expecting to get Johan Franzen back in the lineup Sunday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, as they close out a five-game home stand against the Florida Panthers.

The veteran forward hasn’t played since Dec. 15 due to a concussion suffered on what Franzen thought was a relatively harmless hit from Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas. However, the symptoms, particularly headaches, for a time just wouldn’t let up.

“I thought I was going to be out five days because it wasn’t much of a hit and that’s usually how long it takes before you get rid of the headache,” Franzen said, as per MLive.com.

“It just wouldn’t go away. Just cross my fingers now and hopefully it’s going to stay away.”

In order to make room for Franzen, the Red Wings on Saturday put another veteran forward, Mikael Samuelsson, on waivers.

  1. cheliostwin - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    It’s interesting that the Wings are putting Samuelsson on waivers instead of returning one of the rookies to Grand Rapids. I keep hearing reports that Babcock is really pleased with the play of the rookies Tatar, Nyquist, Emmerton, and Sheahan, and I guess he is since he sat Bertuzzi when Alfredsson came back and is sending Samuelsson down now that Franzen is coming back.
    The future just gets brighter and brighter for the Red Wings.

    • dewman8810 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Well, considering with all the injuries the Wings have had and all of the rookies that have been placed in the lineup instead of Samuelsson… why keep him on the roster when he’s not going to play. Eaves, Sheahan, Jurco, Glendening, Emmerton, Tootoo, and every other forward on the team has more to offer than Samuelsson. They have a lot of forwards that deserve to play, but not enough spots. I wish they would just send Cleary away as well. It sucks that he would play over Eaves and Sheahan.

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