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Johan Franzen | Winger | #93

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (97) / DET
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Johan Franzen is still dealing with concussion symptoms every couple days.
Franzen last played on October 10th. Unfortunately it's not clear if the 36-year-old will ever play again. We wish him the best in his recovery. Thu, Apr 21, 2016 03:39:00 PM

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Johan Franzen (concussion) remains out indefinitely.

The last update regarding Franzen was back in mid-December when Red Wings GM Ken Holland said there was nothing new to report. Unfortunately, we don't know that Franzen even will be able to resume his career after the concussion problems he's had.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Johan Franzen (concussion) has been moved to the long-term injured reserve list.

Franzen hasn't played since Oct. 10. It's unfortunately not clear when or even if he'll return.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 06:41:00 PM

Johan Franzen is once again experiencing concussion symptoms.

Detroit has moved Franzen to the injured reserve list as a result. This is terrible news as Franzen has been plagued by concussion issues in recent years. We don't know how much time he'll miss due to this recurrence of symptoms, but at the age of 35 it's unfortunately not outside of the realm of possibilities that these problems will cut his career short.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Johan Franzen (illness) didn't practice Wednesday.

He was held out of Tuesday's game versus Tampa Bay because he wasn't feeling well after the morning skate. The Red Wings still are not sure if Franzen's illness is related to his previous concussion problem. He probably won't be back on the ice until he recovers from those symptoms.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 08:38:00 AM

Johan Franzen took part in Tuesday morning's skate, but he didn't feel well afterward.

It's unclear right now if this is concussion related, but Franzen was made a late scratch against the Lightning as a result. "When he went home today he just didn't feel good," said coach Jeff Blashill. "It was just one of those things."
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 08:25:00 AM

Landon Ferraro was put back into the Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday night as they sat Johan Franzen against Tampa Bay.

The Wings went on record saying that Franzen wasn't "feeling 100 percent" and weren't taking any chances based on his concussion history. At this time, there's no way to tell if this is just hot air or legitimate, but hopefully Franzen isn't suffering. Alexey Marchenko and Joakim Andersson were also scratched.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 08:48:00 PM

Johan Franzen is happy to put last season's concussion issues behind him.

Friday's 4-0 win over Toronto was Franzen's first game since January 6th. He suffered a concussion in that game after being hit by Oilers forward Rob Klinkhammer. "I’m looking forward to it," Franzen said before the game. "I missed a hockey a lot. I don’t know when I got hurt last season, but it feels like I haven’t played in a year or two." The 35-year-old picked up the primary assist on Justin Abdelkader's first period goal on the power play. He played on a line with Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:10:00 AM

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.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 10:07:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:03:00 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.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 12:09:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 11:34:00 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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 09:36:00 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.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 11:14:00 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.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 09:08:00 AM

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