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Wings notes: Franzen returns; Samuelsson clears waivers, sent to AHL

Jan 26, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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Johan Franzen is set to return for the Detroit Red Wings and they’re sending Mikael Samuelsson to the AHL to make it happen.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports Franzen will return to the Wings lineup against the Florida Panthers today and helps give them another of their usual weapons. 

The Red Wings are still without Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and are also missing goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) but getting Franzen and his goal-scoring ability back should give Detroit a lift.

Samuelsson, meanwhile, is on his way to Grand Rapids after clearing waivers, but the Wings won’t be getting a break on his $3 million salary cap hit. Samuelsson’s contract is a 35+ deal which means the Wings can’t bury his money in the minors.  

  1. rbbbaron - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    “Samuelsson’s contract is a 35+ deal which means the Wings can’t bury his money in the minors.”
    For future reference, Ken Holland.

    • redwings1977 - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah, because Ken Holland sure does suck as a GM. The guy has more rings than he does mistakes. Get over it.

      • bsaures - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        3 rings thats a lot…for a non Montreal Canadien atleast lol

      • hockeydon10 - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        Four rings. He has a ring from 97, too.

      • fpstratton - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Yes, Ken Holland is one of the best GM’s around. For the record, the Wings have been one of the most consistent teams in the NHL over the last fifteen years. They got to the semifinals last year in spite of so many injuries, which unfortunately have plagued them this year as well, but they still have time to get their people back and make a very strong run. The only year I felt they underachieved was a couple years ago, when they were ousted by the Predators in round 1, Niklas Lidstrom’s last year. Outside of that, Detroit has been in the mix every season, and that is quite an accomplishment.

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