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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 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

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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

Johan Franzen (concussion) didn't take part in Monday's practice.

He doesn't have a timetable for his return. Franzen has missed the last seven games with a concussion.
Jan 27 - 8:23 AM

Johan Franzen is still suffering from headaches following a blindside hit to the head in a January 6th game against Edmonton.

That's not good news as it means that Franzen is not close to skating at this time. "We have to wait until the athlete feels pretty good for three or four or five days in a row and then you gotta put him on the ice for three or four days in a row," Detroit GM Ken Holland said of Franzen. "He hasn't had enough days in a row where he feels good to even consider practicing." Don't count on Franzen helping you out anytime soon.
Jan 17 - 10:08 AM

Look for Johan Franzen to likely miss a minimum of a week due to an upper-body injury.

The Red Wings are not saying Franzen sustained a concussion at this point, but the signs seem to be pointing to one. Keep him on reserve until further notice.
Jan 10 - 10:03 AM

Johan Franzen (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He finished Tuesday's game after taking a hit to his head area, but he wasn't available for Wednesday's match against Calgary. Franzen missed time last season with a concussion, so word that he's on injured reserve is a bit concerning. We'll keep you posted on his status as more updates become available.
Jan 8 - 5:18 PM

Johan Franzen (upper body) felt ill on the flight to Calgary and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

He was hit near the head area Tuesday by Edmonton's Rob Klinkhammer, but he didn't miss a shift in that game. Franzen was unable to dress on Wednesday night.
Jan 8 - 10:37 AM

Johan Franzen will not be in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday against Calgary.

Franzen is out with what is being called an upper-body injury. Dan Cleary will take his place. Franzen did take a hit in the third period of yesterday's game with Edmonton but did finish the game so it's unlikely to be that serious. We will update you when we know more.
Jan 7 - 9:21 PM

Johan Franzen had two helpers in Detroit's 3-1 win over New Jersey.

Franzen and Gustav Nyquist picked up two assists each on goals by Darren Helm. He has 22 points in 31 games this campaign.
Jan 1 - 10:06 AM

Johan Franzen (illness) was back on the ice Thursday and he expects to play Friday.

"At the beginning of this week," Franzen said, "I just felt really, really awful. Like no energy, nothing. I figured I needed a couple of days off to get healthy. I've been battling stuff for the last three weeks. Enough was enough. Just needed to get rid of it." His flu-like symptoms may have contributed to his recent 12-game goalless slump and his minus-9 rating during that span. Franzen skated with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco during Thursday's session.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Johan Franzen (flu) should be back in the lineup on Friday.

He missed Tuesday's shootout loss to Columbus because he was under the weather.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 05:16:00 PM

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