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Johan Franzen Has Been Cleared to Play Again

The last time Johan Franzen played an NHL game was January 6. On that night the Detroit Red Wings played against the Edmonton Oilers, and Franzen was the recipient of  forearm to the head from Rob Klinkhammer.

Nine months later, Franzen has been cleared for contact by doctors. This was first reported by Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press, who also notes that it was “at least” the fourth head injury the 35-year-old has suffered.

It looks like the Red Wings will have him back in the mix this season though. According to St. James, this development shouldn’t be too surprising given that Franzen has been skating and working out without complications for a while now.

He spoke to the Free Press about his return, and had this to say about playing for the Red Wings again:

“…I feel good right now and I’m looking forward to a good season. I really want to play some good hockey. I haven’t been able to get in a good season in a few years. I feel like I want to end it on my own terms.”

Franzen has never played all 82 games in a regular season and has missed 77 contests over the last two regular campaigns combined (not including the playoffs).

What do you think about Franzen’s return, Red Wings fans? Are you excited to see Franzen back out on the ice again? Or are you concerned about his overall health and well being? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know.

  • Franklin Steele

    I’m personally kind of torn here. Franzen brings an element to the Red Wings lineup that other forwards on the team can’t. He’s a big guy (obviously) with a knack for scoring monster goals. Still, I have a hard time not being concerned about his heath. I’m not a doctor (shocking) and I’m not a concussion specialist by any means.

    There’s just mounting evidence that repeated head injuries are… bad. He’s good to go now, but I worry about what will happen the first time he gets hit. The Klinkhammer play wasn’t ridiculously dirty (or impactful) and that ended Franzen’s season.

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