The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to have veteran Johan Franzen in the lineup this season.
Franzen has not played since suffering his latest concussion on Jan. 6. The 35-year-old appeared in 33 games last season scoring seven goals and 15 assists.
Wings’ GM Ken Holland has been in contact with the Swede over the summer and is hoping Franzen is cleared for contact next month.
“My expectations and hopes are he’s going to be cleared when he takes his physical at camp,” Holland told MLive.com. “Ultimately, it’s in the hands of Dr. Kutcher.”
“Johan told me he’s gotten better over the course of the summer. He’s pushed himself hard to test it. So far, so good.”
As Ansar Khan notes, even if Franzen is cleared at camp, how he handles contact drills and preseason games will go a long way to determining whether he’ll suit up for his 11th NHL season.
“Obviously, there’s a history of concussions. I can’t read the future,” said Holland. “I expect he’ll take his physical and pass it and resume his career. As he skates and trains every day, if he has no setbacks — I don’t know why he would — I’m expecting his body is going to tell him.”
Franzen trained hard towards the end of the season for a return in the playoffs, but admitted in May that he suffered a setback.
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The caption is even better, though.
Hey Nyquist, I know you been sad ever since your dad signed for Toronto so I had these custom bed sheets made for u so u always can be close to him #detroit #detroitredwings #babcock #nyquist #separationanxiety #nhl
Honestly, if you need to kill some time, just pour over the Instagram account of “The Mule.”
Amazingly, that’s not the most jarring Red Wings-related image featured in this Morning Skate, at least if you follow this link to what they might wear at their next outdoor game. Maybe they won’t actually look like this? /Holds out hope for humanity (Sports Logos)
The Detroit Red Wings are operating under the assumption that Johan Franzen will be fully healthy by the start of training camp.
“I’m told he’s working out every day,” GM Ken Holland told MLive yesterday. “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.”
Franzen missed the entire second half of this past season with a concussion, finishing 2014-15 with seven goals and 15 assists in 33 games.
Earlier this month, the 35-year-old winger said he was feeling better, but remained unsure if he’d be able to keep playing.
Franzen has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career. He remains under contract to the Wings through 2019-20.