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After one-game return, Franzen back on IR with concussion symptoms

Jan 28, 2014, 12:22 PM EST

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The Detroit Red Wings just can’t stay healthy.

After returning from a 16-game absence (concussion) and playing in Sunday’s shootout loss to Florida, Johan Franzen is back on injured reserve with concussion-like symptoms.

Franzen, who had been out since Dec. 15, played quite a bit against the Panthers — 16:45 TOI — and registered an assist while finishing minus-1. Head coach Mike Babcock was forced to use Franzen at center because Henrik Zetterberg was a late scratch (lower-body), something the Wings’ bench boss wasn’t happy about.

“You come to the rink hopeful [Zetterberg is] going to play,” Babcock said, per Fox Sports Detroit. “Because we didn’t have morning skate we didn’t know. Then we got the news and went from there. We would have liked (Johan) Franzen not to play in the middle his first game back.

“When you’re a winger and you got go in the middle it’s great when you’ve played and you got tempo and you’re in the kind of game shape you want to be. But that’s part of life.”

When healthy, Franzen has been a productive scorer this season, notching nine goals and 23 points in 31 games. This latest setback isn’t just a blow for Detroit, though — it could also have Olympic ramifications, as Franzen was one of the 14 forwards named to the Swedish Olympic squad earlier this month.

  1. bensawesomeness - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Take your time, Johan. Don’t rush this one

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    blame this on toe-rag thugs like daymond langkow and gary roberts … cheap-shot blindsiding punchers more ape than men

    both don cherry’s model for the archetype canadian tough

    • mshantz22 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      But don’t blame Radko Gudas, the hack that actually injured Franzen.

  3. bozgood - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Wait… I thought this team was getting healthier. One step forward… Two steps back.

  4. killerpgh - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    How many concussion has he had? Seems like a lot. He is signed through 2019-20 after signing his 11 year contract. If he is forced to retire before his contract expires at age 40 he will fall under the new “recapture cause” in the CBA for the front loaded long term contract.

    • hockeydon10 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Pretty sure his first concussion happened this year. With setbacks it may make it seem like more.

      He’s had other injuries, which is why his games played rarely gets near 82 of course.

    • hockeydon10 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      This season… you know what I meant.

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    hockeydon10

    no … you’re pretty wrong

    playoffs … franzen took langkow out with a textbook hip … langkow grappled on the way over and dragged franzen down

    franzen on his knees and gloves looking for traction to get up … angkow delivered a roundhouse right … hard enough to break franzen’s cheek bone and fracture orbital on same side [ langkow has history … brett lebda comes to mind ]

    first game back against sad ass penguins … roberts crept up from behind and nailed franzen again … cherry blew his load he was so happy for roberts

    hockey at its finest … pure canadian

    and we wonder why the rest of hockey and team sport in general thinks we’re barbarians

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