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, finishing with two goals and three points in eight games. Franzen is something of an enigma. He's a behemoth on the ice at 6-feet-3, 222 pounds. He's gifted offensively and can be matched against big opposing centers, the latter a reflection of his start in the NHL as a defensive forward. What remains an issue is consistency. Last season, five goals came in a Feb. 2 game at Ottawa. He then scored just two more over 27 games before the playoffs. In '08-09, Franzen scored 34 goals and had 59 points in 71 games. Convinced he'd be a good long-term investment, the Wings signed Franzen to an 11-year deal worth $43.5 million in April 2009. Franzen spent much of '09-10 recovering from a major knee injury, but still squeezed 10 goals and 21 points into 27 games.
Red Wings need Johan Franzen to return to dominant ways
Detroit Free Press | Aug 10