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Johan Franzen | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 223
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Johan Franzen (thigh) has been placed on injured reserve.
He missed Saturday's game against the Leafs due to a muscle spasm in his thigh that forced him to leave Friday's contest. Franzen's move to seven-day IR may indicate that Pavel Datsyuk is ready to return. Oct 20 - 1:15 PM

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Johan Franzen (thigh) did not play Saturday night against the Leafs.

Franzen suffered a muscle spasm Friday night. As a result, Stephen Weiss is making his season debut. Franzen’s injury doesn’t appear serious, so he should be back out there Tuesday. He has five points on the season.
Oct 18 - 7:55 PM

Johan Franzen's injury sustained Friday night against Toronto is to his thigh.

He had a significant muscle spasm and could not return to the game. He is questionable for Saturday night's rematch against the Maple Leafs. When asked if he would play Saturday night Franzen stated the following: "Maybe, probably, hopefully so. It just cramped up on the inside, a real tight spasm, it tightened up on me. Hopefully it goes away." Stay tuned for updates on Franzen's status.
Oct 18 - 9:44 AM

Johan Franzen left Friday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury.

Franzen scored two goals in the game before leaving with the injury. The Red Wings have already announced that he will not return to the game.
Oct 17 - 9:34 PM

Johan Franzen came to play, Thursday night.

The Mule looked healthy as he skated over 16 minutes and over three minutes on the powerplay in the season opening victory over Boston. He was accredited with an assist on Justin Abdelkader's tying goal, but the replay suggests that it was a double-deflection of Danny DeKeyser's shot. If true, that's pretty impressive. Franzen's second helper was much more of a blocked shot that found Darren Helm in transit who dished to Gustav Nyqvist for the winner. Hey, a point's a point.
Oct 10 - 2:54 AM

Johan Franzen is hoping to be more consistent this season, and wants to use his size more effectively.

"(Franzen) has been a hot-and-cold player," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I think he has the ability to be a hot player, period." Franzen scored 16 goals in just 54 games last season but also admitted that he needs to be more consistent. "I usually worry about the other parts of the game. But I want to be a factor up front," said Franzen. "I’m one of the guys that should score. I want to get off to a good start. When you’re scoring, you feel very light on your skates and you’re flying out there." If healthy, Franzen will probably score between 20-25 goals this season.
Sep 21 - 9:10 AM

The Red Wings are hoping winger Johan Franzen can provide more consistent production than he offered last season.

Franzen has historically been bit by the injury bug, which is usually the reason for his peaks and valleys, but he ran very hot and cold in 2013-14 even when healthy. Because of his relatively affordable salary and solid track record "The Mule" will continue to be relied upon for scoring, mainly with the man advantage, but a major uptick in production shouldn't be counted on.
Sep 3 - 10:13 PM

Johan Franzen still has six seasons left on his contract, but for now the Wings don't have any intention of trading him.

There was some thought that he could be a buyout candidate, but that didn't help either. Franzen can rack up points at a high rate for stretches even though injuries and inconsistency eventually limit his production. He's typically good for more than 20 goals when he stays healthy and his cap hit checks in at just under $4 million, so it makes sense that Detroit isn't interested in parting ways with him. For fantasy owners he is a bit more of a headache, though.
Aug 22 - 2:13 PM

Johan Franzen didn't have an issue with his performance this season.

"You can only go out there and do your best," Franzen said. "Sometimes, the goals don't come. But it's not that you're not trying hard. It was a hard season. The concussion was a problem. It didn't want to go away. But I was happy with my season before the concussion and afterwards." In 54 games, he contributed 16 goals and 41 points. Franzen didn't have a goal and he contributed two assists in Detroit's first-round playoff loss to Boston. He can be maddeningly inconsistent, but the Wings are unlikely to use an amnesty buyout on the remaining six years of his contract. Still, they will probably be looking for more from him next season.
Apr 28 - 1:04 PM

Johan Franzen registered an assist in a 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday.

Franzen wasn't as productive as the Red Wings would have liked and that contributed to the fact that the Bruins won the first round series in five games. Franzen ended up with two assists in five postseason contests after getting 41 points in 54 regular season games.
Apr 27 - 9:44 AM

Detroit coach Mike Babcock seems to be getting a little impatient with Johan Franzen's lack of production.

The Mule has yet to score in four playoff games and he has not been particularly dangerous in the Bruins' zone. "He's got to get himself going, just like all of us," Babcock said. "Obviously, we've talked to him, tried to put him in the best situations to be successful, but like every guy on your team, collectively as a group and individually, we haven't had our best. So you got to find a way to get more. That's your obligation to your teammates and to yourself. You ask yourself, 'Am I playing at the level I'm capable of playing?' And if you're not, then we need more." Sounds like Babcock is almost pleading with Franzen to give a better effort.
Apr 26 - 10:05 AM

Johan Franzen has been turning down media requests during the playoffs and that's come as a surprise to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

"To me, if you just step right up and just talk, it makes it easy," Babcock said. "But when you don't, things build and then I think that puts more pressure on yourself. I don’t know why you do that." Babcock went on to suggest that Franzen should have the hard interview to get it over with. Detroit is down 3-1 in its first round series against Boston and Franzen has no goals and one assist in the series.
Source: CBS Detroit
Apr 25 - 4:47 PM

If Detroit is to have any chance of knocking off the heavily favored Boston Bruins, Johan Franzen will have to score as he has in past playoff series.

Franzen is one of the NHL's top post-season performers. He as scored 31 goals and registered 59 points in 51 career playoff games. The Wings are going to need that type of production and a whole lot more from others if they are to get by the big, bad Bruins.
Apr 18 - 9:59 AM

Johan Franzen skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Babcock did some line shuffling, so it's unclear what combinations he'll have for Game 1 against Boston on Friday night. Luke Glendening centered Drew Miller and David Legwand, while Riley Sheahan played between Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk was flanked by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
Apr 17 - 12:26 PM

Johan Franzen will rest instead of playing on Sunday.

The season finale doesn't mean much to Detroit, so it made more sense to Detroit to give a few of its players a breather. Franzen has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Apr 13 - 12:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
6Andrej Nestrasil
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Daniel Cleary
4Drew Miller
RW1Johan Franzen
2Gustav Nyquist
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson