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Johan Franzen living with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression

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He carved a name for himself with his gritty play and clutch goal scoring. But the man known as “The Mule” isn’t doing as well these days.

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was forced to retire from the NHL in 2015, but the real problem is that he is now living post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s also battling with depression, severe anxiety, and panic attacks.

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“Sometimes my whole world falls apart and I can’t see the light in the end of the tunnel,” Franzen said to Gunnar Nordstrom of SportExpressen. “All I can do then is to sleep and lay in my bed. I take antidepressants and try to feel better again. But it quickly gets dark. Very dark.”

Franzen had plenty of clutch moments while playing with Detroit, including his outscoring of the entire Colorado Avalanche roster during a four game sweep in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as a four goal game against the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also scored five goals against the Ottawa Senators on February 2, 2011.

He was forced to miss the rest of the 2015 season after sustaining a concussion after being hit by Edmonton’s Rob Klinkhammer in January. He also sustained a head injury during the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals after being hit by Pittsburgh’s Gary Roberts.

Franzen, his wife Cissi and two sons plan to move back to his native Sweden soon.

“I still have many of my best memories from here (Detroit) but the last few years I have just wanted to leave. I don’t want to be inside these walls. There has been so much anxiety, panic and depression……I use to go to the mountains. As soon as I see a mountain I feel better. Just to be outside in the nature.”

His nickname of “The Mule” was originally bestowed on him by Steve Yzerman before his rookie season in 2005-06.

“He’s big and strong and he reminded me of a mule that day,” Yzerman said. “His offensive game really started to show up last year and now that his confidence has grown, he is holding onto the puck and making plays.”

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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