IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
7 months ago

Franzen (concussion) is exempt from the expansion draft, per an agreement with the NHLPA, Craig Custance of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Tuesday, the NHL released a list of 12 players -- including Franzen -- who will not be exposed in the Las Vegas expansion draft. The commonality between said players is that they're all dealing with long-term injuries, and in several cases, unlikely to play again despite possessing active contracts. For example, Franzen -- also known as "The Mule" -- remains on the books for Detroit through the 2019-20 season, though he hasn't played since October of 2015.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
1 year ago

Franzen (concussion) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

This move was expected, as Franzen has missed the majority of the past two seasons due to concussion-like symptoms, and reportedly will remain on long-term injured reserve for the four years remaining on his 11-year contract with the Red Wings. It's undoubtedly tragic for such a fantastic career to be derailed by injury, but one can look back on Franzen's tremendous accomplishments fondly, particularly his performance in the 2008 playoffs, in which he scored 13 goals in 16 playoff games to help Detroit secure its 11th Stanley Cup.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen (concussion) is likely to remain on long-term injured reserve for the four years that remain on his contract with the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen, who missed the majority of the 2014-15 campaign and only lasted two games this season, explained that his concussion symptoms resurface whenever he attempts to exert himself. Khan suggested that Franzen's situation mirrors that of Marc Savard and Chris Pronger, former stars still possessing NHL contracts without much of a chance to ever play again due to the their respective concussions. As sad as it is to see a career derailed by injury, one can marvel at Franzen's past accomplishments with Detroit. The "Mule" collected 370 points (187 goals, 183 assists) in 602 career games, adding power points in nearly 20 percent of his appearances. In 2008, Franzen scored 13 goals in 16 playoff games and helped Detroit earn its 11th Stanley Cup.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen (concussion) was placed on long-term injury reserve Thursday, Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen, who's been out since early October with a concussion, remains out indefinitely per genermal manager Ken Holland. Concussion symptoms forced him to miss much of the 2014-15 season as well, so at this point it's unclear if he'll be able to return at all this year.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen (concussion) was placed on IR on Thursday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen is currently dealling with a recurrence of the concussion symptoms he's been battling since January, which forced him to miss much of the 2014-15 season. Head injuries are always scary, and the fact that Franzen has been dealing with the symptoms for much of the past 10 months makes his ailment particularly disconcerting. His next opportunity to return to game action will come on Oct. 23 against the Flames, but it's unclear how realistic that return date is at this point in time.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen will sit out of Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear exactly what type of injury he's dealing with, but he wasn't feeling 100 percent coming into the matchup and the Red Wings decided to keep him on the bench. Franzen sat out the entire second half of the 2014-15 season due to concussion symptoms, so he very well could be dealing with those symptoms again. Whether that's the case or not, his next opportunity to return will be Friday against the Hurricanes.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen played in his first game in eight months Thursday in a 6-1 preseason win against the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen looked solid, finally returning to the ice after concussion symptoms took him out for the second half of the 2014-15 season. When he's healthy, he's a fairly good scorer, but he hasn't played in more than 54 games since 2011-12.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen was cleared to play on Saturday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen, who has been working his way back from a concussion he suffered in January, has remained hopeful that he will be ready to take the ice for Detroit's Oct. 9 season opener against the Maple Leafs. Now that he has been cleared to play, that scenario seems likely. However, the true test will come once the 35-year-old winger gets the chance to participate fully in the Wings' upcoming training camp. Franzen's status is worth monitoring, as he is still a productive scorer for the Red Wings when healthy.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
2 years ago

Franzen (concussion) reiterated last week that he has no intentions of retiring and expects to be on the ice for the Oct. 9 season opener against the Maple Leafs, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Franzen noted that he still experiences the occasional setback while he tries to work his way back from a concussion he suffered in January, one of the many head injuries he's sustained in his career. However, the worst of the setbacks appear to have passed since the spring, and he continues to receive treatment with the hope that he'll get clearance to participate with the Red Wings when training camp opens on Sept. 18. The 35-year-old is about as risky as it gets on the health front, but when he's been on the ice, he's been a productive scorer for the Red Wings. In the 33 games he skated last season, Franzen tallied seven goals and 15 assists.

IRJohan Franzen
RW DET
3 years ago

Red Wings GM Ken Holland said last week that Franzen is showing improvement in his recovery from a concussion and is expected to be ready to go for training camp, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Franzen's 2014-15 season came to an end on Jan. 6 when he suffered the concussion, but the forward has been able to resume working out in preparation for the upcoming campaign. While he still has yet to receive full clearance from doctors to take contact, Franzen still has multiple months before training camp starts to put his post-concussion symptoms behind him. The 35-year-old has dealt with multiple concussions during his 10 seasons with the Red Wings, and while his latest doesn't appear to be career-ending, his troubling history with head injuries with make him more of a risk than most players to stay healthy in 2015-16.