Johan Franzen RUMORS & NEWS

  • Johan Franzen dismisses Chris Neil's challenge

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen and Ottawa's Chris Neil didn't throw many punches Thursday when they played – but the zingers back and forth since then have been heavyweight title worthy. It was Franzen's turn Saturday, a day after Neil chided him for not wanting to fight late in Thursday's 6-1 Red Wings..." March 01

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen aims for Feb. 26 return

    Detroit News "The Red Wings who aren't competing in the Winter Olympics returned to the ice Wednesday, and probably no one was more eager to get started again than Johan Franzen. Limited to one game since getting concussed Dec. 15, Franzen is aiming toward returning Feb. 26 in Montreal when the NHL regular..." February 20

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    Matias Strozyk @MaStrozyk

    Team Sweden head coach Pär Mårts has confirmed that Johan Franzén will miss the Olympics because of an injury. #Sochi2014

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen out again with concussion symptoms

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen’s return to the Red Wings lineup lasted one game. Franzen woke up Tuesday with a reccurence of the concussion symptoms that kept him out of 16 games before returning to play Sunday against Florida. Franzen was put on the seven-day short-term injured list and the team activated..." January 29

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    Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive

    Franzen not playing tonight, Ken Holland said.

  • Johan Franzen expected to play Sunday

    Detroit Free Press "With so many Detroit Red Wings injured, reinforcements have spilled into a crowded locker at such an alarming rate that rookie center Riley Sheahan’s makeshift locker consists of a folding chair next to a trash can. But slowly, the Wings are on the mend. Forward Johan Franzen has been out..." January 25

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    Helene St. James @HeleneStJames

    #RedWings F Johan Franzen cleared to practice. Been out since Dec. 15 with concussion. Possible for weekend.

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    Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive

    Johan Franzen (concussion), who skated today, said he felt a little better but isn't symptom-free. He said he won't play in Winter Classic.

  • Jordin Tootoo fired up to be back in the lineup, Franzen out

    Michigan Live "Jordin Tootoo has a lot of roots in Manitoba, having been born in Churchill and having played his junior hockey in Brandon. He is excited to be back in the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings as they make their first-ever visit to the MTS Centre to face the Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m., Fox..." November 04

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen returns to action -- for 9 minutes

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen's return to the Red Wings lineup Friday didn't last long. Franzen missed Wednesday's game in Vancouver with an upper-body injury. He returned to the lineup against the Flames, but lasted only 9 minutes 5 seconds on 12 shifts before having to leave the game feeling ill. "He..." November 02

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    Ted Kulfan @tkulfan

    Holland says Franzen will play in Calgary...cleared

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    Helene St. James @HeleneStJames

    #RedWings calling up Luke Glendening to bring to Canada, as Johan Franzen will not play Wednesday.

  • Wings' Johan Franzen (hip flexor) out tonight

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was scheduled to play in his first exhibition tonight at Chicago but is sidelined by a sore hip flexor. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Franzen is day-to-day. The Wings will take Wednesday off their first break since training camp..." September 17

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen says 'goal-scorer' label is too narrow

    Detroit News "Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was among a group of about two dozen players on the ice at Joe Louis Arena Thursday during an informal skate to prepare for next month's training camp in Traverse City. Franzen 33 is excited about the upcoming season with a lot of new things on the Wings’ plate..." August 30

  • Mike Babcock, Johan Franzen have conflicting views on forward's output

    Michigan Live "Coach Mike Babcock and Johan Franzen have differing opinions when it comes to the veteran forward's production. Franzen has scored goals in the last two games – a 3-2 shootout loss in Chicago and a 3-0 victory in Nashville – giving him nine in 35 games this season. That's tied for third-best on..." April 17

  • Johan Franzen has some fun at center for Red Wings

    Detroit News "Sure, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have to be world-class players, and goaltender Jimmy Howard needs to be stellar, and the defense has to be mistake-proof. But coach Mike Babcock believes there's another player who is vital to the Red Wings' success the rest of the season. That would..." April 07

  • Wings get Johan Franzen back, are without Valtteri Filppula

    Detroit News "The Red Wings may lose and gain a forward in time for Wednesday's game against Los Angeles. The Red Wings were minus forward Valtteri Filppula for Tuesday's practice at Toyota Sports Center. General manager Ken Holland said Filppula was nursing an injury — but not the knee that been an issue..." February 27

  • Red Wings' rookie goalie Petr Mrazek to start today; Johan Franzen placed on injured reserve

    Detroit Free Press "Mikael Samuelsson, who missed the past 12 games with a groin injury, will be back in the lineup when the Red Wings visit the Minnesota Wild tonight. "When it doesn't go your way, it's really frustrating, but you gotta listen to your body -- learned that lesson this time," Samuelsson said...." February 17

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    Ansar Khan @

    Wings on ice for practice. Franzen not skating. Bertuzzi and Helm also not on ice, neither due back anytime soon.

  • Johan Franzen out tonight due to hip flexor; Patrick Eaves returns to the lineup

    Michigan Live "Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss tonight's game due to a sore hip flexor, general manager Ken Holland said. Franzen is listed as day-to-day. Patrick Eaves, a healthy scratch the past four games, will replace Franzen in the lineup against the St. Louis Blues. “It’s day-to-day..." February 13

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen recovers from spearing, scores first goal; Brendan Smith praised

    Michigan Live "Notes and quotes from the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 overtime loss Sunday to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen scored his first goal of the season, firing in the rebound of a shot by Damien Brunner at 4:30 of the third period. It enabled his club to..." January 28

  • Red Wings need Johan Franzen to pull his weight

    Detroit Free Press "There's a running joke among the Red Wings about forward Johan Franzen and his fondness for food, specifically in regards to guessing his weight. It's generally between 220 and 230 pounds, fitting for a guy who stands 6-3. And then there's the metaphor that's fitting: The Wings are so much..." January 17

  • A fired-up Johan Franzen could be elite scorer for Red Wings

    Detroit Free Press "Deep into the NHL off-season, it's time to take an analytical look at individual Red Wings and assess expectations for the coming season. Today's focal point: forward Johan Franzen. Franzen got mad in training camp when reporters asked about his need to improve after a slow finish to the..." August 23

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen finally perks up -- it's just too late for playoffs

    Detroit Free Press "Now the points are piling up for Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. Franzen had three assists for the Swedes as they beat Denmark, 6-4, in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday at the IIHF World Championship. In Helsinki, Finland, goaltender Jimmy Howard's Team USA suffered its first loss, 4-2, to the..." May 08

  • Johan Franzen is the face of the Red Wings' frustration

    Detroit News "This was not a mad Mule or even a miffed Mule. At least, that's what he said, again and again. This was a muted Mule, simmering well. Johan Franzen is called the Mule for a reason, mainly because of his size (6-foot-3 and 223 pounds) and because of his stubbornness. Nothing wrong with those..." April 17

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen retaliates for elbow in face

    Detroit Free Press "Red Wings forward Johan Franzen already is showing signs of a tough first-round series against the Predators. Franzen was sporting a dark mark under his right eye, courtesy of an elbow from Mike Fisher early in the Wings' 3-2 win Friday in Game 2. Franzen was whistled for cross-checking at..." April 15

  • Preds might find it's not wise to fire up Wings' Johan Franzen

    Detroit News "In the opening 90 seconds of play Friday between the Red Wings and Predators, Nashville forward Mike Fisher shadowed Johan Franzen near the boards. Fisher moved closer and swung his arms at the bulky Wings scorer. He struck Franzen on the nose, first with his stick, then his elbow. Franzen..." April 15

  • Playoffs means it's Johan Franzen's time for Red Wings

    Detroit Free Press "After practice ended Monday, Red Wings forward Johan Franzen and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson had a little fun outside the locker room. Wearing a harness around his waist, Franzen sprinted down the hallway, Ericsson holding onto the other end of the rope, trying to hold back the Mule. This..." April 10

  • Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi thrive on new line

    Detroit Free Press "Sometimes it takes awhile to get the mix right on a line -- it takes changing what has worked in the past and trying something different. Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, for example, got off to a slow start this season, recording just two goals and nine assists after 17 games. This, despite..." January 21

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen comes up big vs. Avalanche

    Detroit Free Press "Oh, the things that can happen by driving to the net: scoring, for example -- twice, for good measure. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's go-to formula for any forward to be successful is to go to the net, but some players on the team hear it more than others. Johan Franzen gets reminders..." November 10

  • Johan Franzen helps provide Red Wings with power-play energy

    Detroit Free Press "The Red Wings scored two straight power-play goals to help them win their second consecutive game, 5-2, against the Avalanche on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. "It was great to see the power play respond with two goals, especially when we needed them, too," Nicklas Lidstrom said. "It was..." November 09

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen knows he must score more -- just ask him

    Detroit Free Press "Henrik Zetterberg shed a little light on the psyche of Red Wings teammate and good friend Johan Franzen. "You want him happy," Zetterberg said Monday, "and he's happy when he scores goals." Franzen should have been happy in the afternoon then, after his drives to the net yielded two goals to..." September 20

  • Johan Franzen nets two in Red Wings scrimmage but hates questions about scoring

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen scored two goals this afternoon, leading Team Howe to victory in a scrimmage. That's a good start for a guy the Wings need to score, though Franzen apparently is the last guy keeping count of such things. Franzen led the Wings with 28 goals in 73 games..." September 20

  • Wings' Johan Franzen eager for progress

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen knew the questions were coming. When a player of Franzen's stature scores two goals in the final 27 games, goes quiet in the playoffs when his team is eliminated, the questions come from every direction. Everybody wants to know one thing: Why? Franzen isn't sure..." September 20

  • Johan Franzen finds scoring touch in scrimmage

    Detroit News "The Red Wings are hoping this is a sign of things to come. Johan Franzen, who slumped badly the second half of last season (two goals in last 27 games), scored twice in Monday's intra-squad scrimmage leading, Team Howe to a 6-3 victory over Team Lindsay. "It's only a scrimmage but it always..." September 20

  • Red Wings need Johan Franzen to return to dominant ways

    Detroit Free Press "Franzen, 31, provided 28 goals and 55 points in 77 games in 2010-11. He led the team in goals, but Pavel Datsyuk was limited to 56 games and still managed to score 23 in that span. Franzen was a nonfactor in the playoffs after suffering an injured ankle in Game 2 of the first-round series,..." August 10

  • Red Wings tried, but Johan Franzen's ankle just wouldn't respond

    Detroit Free Press "When he had a goal and an assist in the first game of the playoffs, it looked like the start of another banner spring for Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. Danny Cleary commented at the time that he thought Franzen "just hates the regular season," a nod to Franzen's playoff history, which..." May 17

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen, Sharks' Ryane Clowe game-time decisions for Game 7

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen and the San Jose Sharks' Ryane Clowe both skated this morning at HP Pavilion, but both are game-time decisions for Game 7 tonight. The forwards' availability depends on how effective they can be. Franzen is dealing with a sprained ankle. Clowe has an upper..." May 12

  • Red Wings' Johan Franzen, Sharks' Ryane Clowe both gametime decisions

    Michigan Live "The status of forwards Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings and Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks both will be determined at game time tonight (9 p.m., FSD) as the teams prepare for Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals at HP Pavilion. Both players skated this morning. The Sharks had..." May 12

  • Wings' Johan Franzen mum on injury; status unclear for Game 6

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen showed good mobility walking off the plane Monday. That is if you consider dodging the media good mobility. Franzen opted not to discus his injured right ankle, which he tweaked in the second period Sunday to the point where coach Mike Babcock felt it best not to play him in the..." May 10

  • Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen back in lineup but searching for groove

    Michigan Live "As much as the Detroit Red Wings are bolstered by the return of Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, they realize it's going to take some time before these high-impact forwards return to form. That was evident in San Jose's 2-1 overtime victory Friday in Game 1 of the Western Conference..." May 01

  • Wings likely to play Friday; Franzen ready to go

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen practiced Tuesday - a bit. And, he'd be the first to admit he didn't overwhelm anybody. "Just wheeling around and little bit and see how it felt," said Franzen, who was testing his sore left ankle in hopes he'll be ready for the Red Wings' second-round matchup against either..." April 27

  • Wings' Johan Franzen skates, but only briefly

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen skated for about 15 minutes at the start of practice today, casting into doubt his availability for the start of Round 2. The Wings won't know their opponent until after tonight's Vancouver-Chicago game (if Vancouver wins, it's San Jose, if Chicago wins,..." April 26

  • Red Wings' Mule is Frantastic this time of year

    Detroit Free Press "This is Johan Franzen's time of year. I don't just mean he plays well. I mean we should name it after him. From now on, the seasons should be known as Winter, Mule, Summer and Fall. While the kids are on Mule Break and adults do Mule Cleaning, the Mule himself is dominating the playoffs. He has..." April 20

  • Spring is here, so is Johan Franzen's 'A' game

    Detroit Free Press "Johan Franzen should wear a sign that reads, "Don't get me started." He is the fastest way to trouble if you're the opposing playoff team, worse than a wrong turn into a bad neighborhood, as tough to avoid as a freight train on a greased track. Your best bet is to treat him like a hibernating..." April 14

  • Red Wings ready to count on Johan Franzen for usual postseason production

    Michigan Live "Given his proven track record in the playoffs, Johan Franzen must be relieved the regular season is over. The big forward with tremendous hands around the net and a laser-like wrist shot has been unusually silent since his five-goal outburst Feb. 2 in Ottawa. He scored only two goals in his..." April 13

  • Five keys to the series: Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard need to respond

    Detroit News "This usually has been Johan Franzen's time of the year - 35 goals and 34 assists in 75 playoff games (59 points in 51 games the last three seasons). That type of production would be greatly appreciated during these playoffs, especially after a stretch of two goals in 27 games to end the..." April 13

  • Johan Franzen needs to get back into scoring groove

    Detroit Free Press "Over the past three playoff runs, Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has been fearsome. He has been a point-a-game player or better during each of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 runs. Last spring, he finished as the Wings' leading scorer with 18 points. In one particularly memorable second-round game..." April 12

  • John Franzen returns against Blackhawks, but others still out

    Detroit News "Johan Franzen will be back in the Red Wings lineup tonight against the Blackhawks, and it looks like Jimmy Howard isn't too far behind. Franzen (groin) said after this morning's skate he's ready to play after having skated the last four days. Franzen has missed the last four games...." March 29

  • High-scoring Johan Franzen likes the tough going that comes with the playoffs

    Vancouver Province "Interviews with injured players are not always easy to come by in the NHL and when it's a fellow with a self-admitted shyness anxiety that he struggles to keep under control, it becomes a shade more difficult still. But as one of the top points-per-game playoff performers of all time since..." March 25

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