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Johan Franzen | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
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Johan Franzen is feeling fine with the regular season just around the corner.
He has played in three preseason games and hasn't had any concussion issues. Franzen has spent most of training camp on a line with Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening, which is where he will probably start the 2015-16 campaign. Oct 1 - 10:07 AM

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Johan Franzen will play in Detroit's second pre-season game Saturday against the Bruins.

This is noteworthy as Franzen played in the Red Wings' first pre-season game Thursday, his first NHL action since sustaining a concussion last January, without any problems. If Franzen is healthy, he is a top- six forward and worthy of selection in the mid-late rounds of deep fantasy pools, although he has been skating on the Wings' third unit thus far. So far so good for the Mule. Keep an eye on him to see if he can avoid any further concussion complications.
Sep 26 - 9:03 AM

Johan Franzen will participate in Thursday's preseason game, which will be his first contest since he sustained a concussion in January.

The hope obviously is that Franzen won't have to deal with any further head injuries, but if he does suffer another concussion, that could mark the end of his NHL career. "If I would get a really bad hit again and I would feel the same way again, that's probably it," he said. He had seven goals and 22 points in 33 games last season before he got hurt.
Sep 24 - 12:09 PM

Johan Franzen didn't play in Tuesday's preseason game to give him some rest.

"It's been a long time since he played a game (January)," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I just thought for somebody that's been around a long time, let him have a day off here and he'll practice (today)." Franzen is expected to suit up on Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Sep 23 - 11:34 AM

Johan Franzen is anxious to test himself in physical intrasquad scrimmages and in exhibition games after being cleared to return from a concussion.

"I missed it, I missed it big-time," Franzen said. "It's going to be great. It's going to be fun to start training camp and play a few games. It's a little early. I don't know how I'll feel. I think I feel good. I hope I feel good. I'm excited." He hasn't played since Jan. 6, so he's been using informal skates to get himself back into shape before training camp. The Red Wings will monitor how Franzen reacts to contact very closely.
Sep 16 - 9:36 AM

Johan Franzen hasn't played since Jan. 6 because of a concussion, but he's expected to suit up in Detroit's opener against Toronto on Oct. 9.

He has been skating with his teammates at informal workouts for the past few weeks to prepare for training camp. "The main issue has been the exertion," said Franzen. "When I get really tired, that is when the head's been shutting down. So, if I can take that, I feel that I can take a few bumps, too. My threshold is getting higher and higher, so I try to listen to my body and push as hard as I can. But, if I have a setback, I let up and start from scratch, again." Franzen has had injury issues for the last three seasons. He also had seven goals and 22 points in 33 games last season.
Sep 14 - 11:14 AM

Johan Franzen has been cleared by doctors to play again, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed to the Detroit Free Press.

Franzen was dealing with another concussion, at least his fourth head injury. He has been skating and working out but had not been cleared to battle on the ice. "I feel good right now and I'm looking forward to a good season," Franzen said. "I really want to play some good hockey. I haven't been able to get in a good season in a few years. I feel like I want to end it on my own terms." Franzen last played Jan. 6. He had 22 points in 33 games in 2014-15.
Sep 13 - 9:08 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland is still hopeful that Johan Franzen (concussion) will be cleared to take part in training camp.

"Johan told me he's gotten better over the course of the summer," Holland said. "He's pushed himself hard to test it. So far, so good." He expects Franzen to pass his physical, but how he reacts to contact drills and preseason games will determine if he's ready for the start of the regular season. Franzen has been skating at Joe Louis Arena for more than a week, but he has suffered several setbacks.
Aug 25 - 10:30 AM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland thinks Johan Franzen (concussion) will be ready by the time training camp starts.

Franzen hasn't played since Jan. 6 due to the injury. "I'm told he's working out every day," Holland said. "The expectation is that over the course of the summer, he's going to be healthy. I expect to see him in training camp. I expect to see him playing hockey next year. Until I hear otherwise, that's how I'm going to proceed." That being said, concussions don't tend to conform to a timetable and an update in late April suggested that he was still experiencing symptoms. We're saying Franzen won't be ready, but it seems reasonable to take a wait-and-see approach.
May 29 - 6:32 PM

Johan Franzen is still battling concussion symptoms.

"Last week there was optimism," GM Ken Holland said. "This week, he had a setback. The hope is with more time, he will feel back to normal. But before we make any decisions, he has got to feel good. Or if he continues to feel not normal, that is your body telling you something." The 35-year-old forward appeared in 33 games this season and he suit up in a match after Jan. 6 against Edmonton. His playing future is considered to be cloudy, but there have been some positive days during his recovery. Franzen was skating late in the year after he was barely able to leave his home for the first month.
May 1 - 8:52 AM

Although Johan Franzen is skating, it is the longest of longshots that he will be able to play again this season.

Franzen is dealing with post-concussion syndrome for the second time in 14 months and his recovery has gone slowly. The Wings will not take any chances with him so inserting him into the playoff lineup even if he is healthy after such a long layoff is not likely in the cards.
Apr 18 - 9:25 AM

Johan Franzen (concussion) has skated by himself twice this week.

Franzen is still experiencing symptoms though, so his return isn't imminent. He hasn't played since Jan. 6.
Mar 6 - 4:14 PM

Johan Franzen (concussion) hasn't skated in more than a month.

There's no timetable for his return to the ice, so it's unclear when he'll be ready to play again. GM Ken Holland said that Franzen had been making some progress over the past couple of weeks, but then he encountered a bit of a setback.
Feb 12 - 10:47 AM

Johan Franzen has not made much progress in his recovery from a concussion.

He can't seem to make it through a workout without feeling dizzy and now also has the flu. There is no timetable for Franzen's return to practice, let alone game action. Don't count on much from for the balance of this month.
Feb 7 - 10:06 AM

It's still uncertain when Johan Franzen will be ready to return from a concussion.

He has missed the past 10 games due to the ailment. His absence may result in the Red Wings looking for some depth on the wing at the NHL trade deadline. Franzen has seven goals and 22 points in 33 games.
Feb 3 - 9:14 AM

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