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Franzen Can Thank Modern Medicine

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It used to be that, even with the surgical progress they made, a player needed time - sometimes a year’s worth - in order to get his legs under him again. Franzen, doing skating drills by himself long after most of the Red Wings’ regulars had left the ice the other day, was digging in this way and that way and showing no signs of any lingering after-effects.

This, of course, represents astoundingly good news for the Red Wings, his NHL employers. In each of the past two seasons, as Detroit advanced twice to the Stanley Cup final, Franzen has been their most consistent sniper, with 25 goals in 39 playoff games.

That he is back here, playing, with the Red Wings down a game to the Phoenix Coyotes in their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series is one of the reasons Detroit is favoured to win by so many.

It really is a comeback for the ages. “It used to be a season-long injury, then it became a six-month injury and now it’s a three-to-four month injury,” said Holland.

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