Wings expect Franzen (concussion) to play next year

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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.