Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has been out of action for six weeks with a concussion, and doesn’t appear to be close to getting back in the lineup.
Franzen, who has a well-documented history with concussions, was injured by a blindside hit by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Rob Klinkhammer on January 6th. Franzen finished the game and then started suffering concussion symptoms the following day.
He’s been experiencing severe headaches and hasn’t even been cleared to participate in off-ice workouts. He has been away from the team, and until the headaches consistently go away, his time on the IR will continue to increase.
There is no timetable for Franzen’s return to the Red Wings lineup.
The Wings are 10-3-1 since Franzen was hurt, and they’re willing to give him as much time as he needs to be ready for the playoffs. They will look to add another win to their record with “Mule” out of the lineup tonight against a division foe, the Montreal Canadians at Joe Louis Arena. Puck drops at 7:30pm ET on Fox Sports Detroit.