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According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox:
- The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for a young player with a comparable contract in return for Jonathan Drouin, which is why Robby Fabbri's name is making the rounds;
- Kevin Shattenkirk's name is on the market because St. Louis was going to send him to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, and he may still be available as the Blues look to add offense;
- Keith Yandle is probably going to be traded because the Rangers won't re-sign him as a free agent;
- The All-Star Game may include a "quiet meeting" about expansion, but no vote by the Board of Governors;
- Jakub Kindl is on waivers and the Red Wings are cap-crunched due to Johan Franzen's LTIR issue and Kyle Quincey's $4.25 million salary coming back on Monday, and it's 50-50 as to whether Kindl might be claimed;
- Friedman reports that the NHL may change All-Star voting to allow fans to pick captains or issue a list of candidates from which the fans can pick All-Stars;
- Cox states that William Nylander is on a slow but steady return process from a concussion suffered at the World Juniors;
- And Robin Lehner should return to the Buffalo Sabres next week:
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According to the Detroit Red Wings, Johan Franzen will miss Tuesday's game with Anaheim while going through the concussion protocol for this hit yesterday from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas.
Franzen received and unsportsmanlike penalty on the play for complaining about the hit and non-call.
The NHL takes a look at all hits but will they take further action on this hit?
Dave Steckel with a pop-up goal...
Steve Begin with two strange goals and Johan Franzen scores on a backhand from center ice, all wrapped up in one video below...
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
The roller-coaster ride that has been the production end of Johan Franzen’s game is beginning to grate on Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who believes it’s time that the veteran right-winger became a more consistent presence on the scoresheet.
“He’s like this,” Babcock said of Franzen, who has recorded 6-7-13 totals in his last eight games. “When he feels it, it goes in. To me, he should be one of the best power forwards in the league because of his hands, because of his skating, and he knows how to play. The challenge for him every night is to skate and be physical. If he skates and is physical, the rest looks after itself.
“He’s got one of the best shots in the league, and can wire it like nobody. Mule’s one of those guys that has to decide if he’s going to be a great player in the league, or a good player in the league for a long, long time. If he wants to be a great player, then you have to call on yourself every single night. The great players dig in every night.”
more on the Wings…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Franzen was kicking a soccer ball against the wall by himself outside the dressing room at Jobing.com Arena while his teammates were on the ice for the morning skate. He said he feels much better.
“I feel good,’’ Franzen said. “I’ll work out a little bit (off ice), see if I get any symptoms. That’s the next step.’‘
It’s a huge relief for the club, which plays the Phoenix Coyotes tonight (9 p.m. Fox Sports Net Detroit).
“That’s excellent,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “He feels great. I just walked by him in the hallway and I told him there’s an activity at 6 tonight (local time), but he’s not getting a chance to (participate).’‘
Babcock said forward Justin Abdelkader (ribs) will not play.
more on the Wings…
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the remainder of Thursday’s game in Dallas after taking a hit to the head from defenseman Mark Fistric, general manager Ken Holland said.
Today’s three cheers (despite slim pickins, what with only two games last night and all) recognizing those who deserve a nip for their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Detroit’s Johan Franzen, who opened the scoring in last night’s renewal of the Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry and later notched a second goal, as the Wings earned a point in the standings, despite blowing a two-goal lead, in falling to the Avs in a shootout. Franzen now has three goals and four points on the young season for Detroit (2-0-1).
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In the first period of the game between Detroit and Pittsburgh….
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Kneeing (maj) - 5 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Instigator - 2 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Game misconduct - 0 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Franzen stayed on the ice for some time before skating off, but no updated report yet.
added 8:06pm, Franzen not on the bench for the start of the 2nd period.
added 8:31pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a charley horse late in the first period of tonight’s exhibition opener at Pittsburgh and will miss the rest of the game.
I’ve returned from Mother’s Day dinner with relatives to see the Douglas Murray hit on Johan Franzen has hit the web.
added 8:31pm, for a different angle of the hit, watch the San Jose broadcast clip at Sharkspage.
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.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Even after his major knee operation in October, Johan Franzen had a gut feeling that he was going to be in Vancouver for the Olympics.
“I didn’t book a vacation trip,” he said Monday after Team Sweden’s practice.
Maybe not, but he also didn’t find out officially until 11 o’clock Sunday morning that he would be part of Team Sweden.
Franzen, who is four months removed from surgery for a torn ACL, is here because his teammate in Detroit, Tomas Holmstrom, can not be as his Olympics were derailed by nagging foot and knee injuries.
“I waited until the last day and I finally got the call,” Franzen said. “I wanted to believe it (that I would be in the Olympics).”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Tomas Holmstrom’s ailing left knee has forced him to withdraw from the Swedish Olympic team, enabling Detroit Red Wings teammate Johan Franzen to take his place, according to Sweden’s Expressen.
Franzen has played only three games since returning from knee surgery, which idled him for four months. But he is skating well and said he feels good. It will be his first Olympic appearance.
added 5:00pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,
It’s official: Red Wings Johan Franzen replaces Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.
Tomas Holmstrom left the Wings game tonight. His knee is still bothering him.
Does Team Sweden make a switch and select Johan Franzen and sit Holmstrom for the Olympic Games?
via Jamie Bell at CTVOlympics,
Johan Franzen may end up at the Olympics after all.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Swedish Olympic team coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has asked Franzen to contact him following Tuesday night’s Red Wings’ game against the St. Louis Blues to give him an update on his status after a lengthy absence.
Franzen, who was not originally named to Sweden’s roster, has not played in over four months after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to his left knee.
“I’m going to call him after the game and tell him how I felt,” Franzen told the Free Press, “and then talk to him after the next game.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The points-starved Detroit Red Wings aren’t expecting power forward Johan Franzen to be their savior when he returns to the lineup Tuesday in St. Louis after a four-month absence due to a torn knee ligament.
“We’ll give him one game before he can save us,” teammate Kris Draper said with a laugh. “No pressure.”
They joke, but they are excited to welcome back one of the NHL’s top goal-scorers the past couple of seasons. This injury-riddled team that has had trouble generating offense, both even-strength and on the power play, needs Franzen’s finishing touch.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The Wings said yesterday that Franzen’s target date for a return is next Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues, putting his rehab time at the minimum of four months and potentially giving him three games before the Olympic break. Then he can put his feet up on the coffee table and do whatever it is a guy nicknamed the Mule does to relax for a few weeks, having been left off the Team Sweden Olympic roster.
That snub didn’t exactly sit well with Franzen. In speaking with Swedish newspaper Expressen (article hilariously translated here, including the phrase “it feels a little sandbox on the whole”), Franzen said Team Sweden officials “made a mistake and they want to hide it” after keeping him off the roster.
According to the admittedly rough translation, the paper previously reported that Swedish head coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson hadn’t spoken to Franzen since November and that the team didn’t consult Detroit doctors about his injury rehab.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen saw team doctors Tuesday and was told his surgically repaired knee is fine and he can play when he’s ready.
Franzen, who still needs to improve his conditioning level, estimated he’s about two weeks away.
“I’m good to go when I feel ready,’’ Franzen said. “Maybe a couple more weeks. (The knee) doesn’t hurt.’‘
He said he needs to strengthen his skating muscles.
continue for more on the Wings…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Johan Franzen did not skate due to an unspecified lower-body injury sustained in Thursday’s game. Coach Mike Babcock wouldn’t reveal the injury, saying Franzen was sent for tests and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington.
“Franzen got bumped last night so we sent him over to get checked out,’’ Babcock said. “He wasn’t feeling as good this morning. We’ll see if he’s OK or not.’’
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson practiced and is fine after taking a shot off the side of his left knee midway through the third period Thursday.
continue for more on the Wings…
added 3:49pm, via Jeff Marek’s (CBC) Twitter,
Johan Franzen out 4 months w/knee injury.
added 3:52pm, via the Detroit Red Wings,
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and expected to be out of the lineup a minimum of four months.
The injury occurred during Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in which Franzen scored the eventual game-winning goal during the second period. He has two points in three games this season.
from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
Franzen’s goal production has climbed in each of the last three seasons—from 10 to 27 to 34. Who’s to say he can’t score 40 this season?
“I want to take a step forward, that’s for sure,” said Franzen, whose role could be expanded to being on the No. 1 power-play unit this year. “I don’t know exactly what my role will be but so far I seem to be more free, with a role on the power play.I just have to keep working on my shot and on getting open and trying to bury pucks when I get a chance. Because I think I am going to get a lot of chances.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Troy Brouwer has a very good idea of the player he’d like to become.
In the last four games, the Chicago Blackhawks right winger has had a first-hand view.
It’s Johan Franzen, Detroit’s scoring machine.
“He’s a big power-forward who gets in the corners, grinds it out, has the scoring abilities and is one of the go-to guys,” Brouwer said. “That’s what I’m going for. I’ve got the big part. Now, I just need the scoring part. Hopefully, within the next season or two, I can find my scoring touch again.”
Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen have teamed up and produced in a big way for Detroit during the playoffs.
For all the superstar talent that envelops their dressing room, when it comes playoff time, one Detroit Red Wing stands above the crowd:
Right-winger Johan Franzen.
The man they call “The Mule” turns into a thoroughbred during the post-season, and he’s a big reason why the Wings find themselves deadlocked 2-2 with the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference semifinal series heading into Game 5 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
Franzen scored twice in Detroit’s 6-3 Game 4 victory, adding another chapter to his growing Stanley Cup legacy.
He has four goals with two assists in this series, and is fourth in playoff scoring with 12 points.
Eight of his 23 Stanley Cup goals have been game-winners and he’s scored 19 in his last 24 playoff games.
continued and other notes from this series…
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So Johan Franzen gets his $43.5 million and the Red Wings get the cap number they want, $3.95 million for the next 11 years.
Starts at $5 million per, ends at $2 million, $1 million and $1 million for the last three years. If The Mule can’t play by then, he’ll be making his money in Grand Rapids.
But the real question the Franzen deal produces is this; can the Wings now still sign Marian Hossa and keep their core of star forwards together?
The answer is its up to Hossa.
Basically, the Wings can now give him a contract that produces a cap number between $5 million and $5.5 million.
If he’s looking to average the $7.45 million he’s making over a long term deal - and his production probably warrants it - it won’t be in Detroit.
added 5:21pm, from Set Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Just glancing at NHLNumbers.com, it looks like Detroit will have approximately $7-8 million of cap space next season. In addition to Hossa, forward Mikael Samuelsson and goaltender Ty Conklin are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. Neither player is irreplaceable, but they have been significant parts of Detroit’s success this season. And stalwarts Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will become a free agents after the 2009-10 season. When you consider the fact that the salary cap could come down due to the malaise of the economy, it doesn’t seem the Red Wings will have the type of money available that Hossa, even at a reduced rate, would command.
Sources tell TSN Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a long-term contract extension.
Sources say the deal is believed to be a long one, upwards of nine or 10 years in order to keep the salary cap hit to a manageable level for the Red Wings.
updated 1:42pm, from Todd Beam at DetroitRedWings.com,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract.
In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 11-year pact represents the second longest deal in club history, just behind the twelve-year contract signed by teammate Henrik Zetterberg in January.
“We are thrilled that Johan will remain a member of the Detroit Red Wings” Holland said. “His production over the past year and a half, both regular season and playoffs, has been remarkable and we feel, at 29 years old, that he is just now entering the prime of his career. We look forward to having him as a part of our core unit in Detroit moving forward.”
added 2:20pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract extension that averages $3.9 million a season.
It’s a front-loaded deal that includes a no-trade clause for the first five or six years.
“He’s a guy who’s a 30- to 35-goal scorer now it appears,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We get a good player at a good cap number. In return we’ve given up term and security.’‘
Holland said he will resume negotiations with the agent for Marian Hossa after the playoffs. He is still hoping to sign Hossa.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“I just reacted to what happened,” Franzen said. “I made the move and I came in with good speed, so the D had to take a chance. I showed him that I was going in on the right side and I pulled the puck back and tried to go on the left side, but then he stuck his leg out. Before I knew it, I was airborne.”
Even while in the air, Franzen never lost sight of the puck and was able to produce enough energy to unleash a shot that found its way behind the legs of goalie Chris Mason.
“You usually keep focused on the puck even when you’re falling down,” Franzen said. “If you’re down on your knees, you’re still pretty much able to make a play. But I got a good shot away and the puck was laying perfect for me, so I could use the momentum from falling and put that into my shot.”
Johan Franzen with a great goal tonight against the Blues.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland plans to meet with Hossa’s agent, Ritch Winter, during next week’s trip to western Canada. Holland is talking to the camps for Hossa and Johan Franzen, the Wings’ two biggest free agents headed into summer.
“Given the uncertainty of the economy, I’m moving slow,” Holland said Wednesday. “But it’s not only the economy. It’s about team building, it’s about our philosophy. We can keep Franzen and Hossa, but then we’ll have to let a whole lot of other players go. I don’t know if that’s the answer to being competitive. But if I can get a number that I think allows us to have one extra player, you start to think more and more about doing something. Right now, I’m not really close to where I’d like to get to with either side.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If you strapped Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to a chair and jabbed him full of truth serum, he’d say he wants to keep his hoss, Marian Hossa, more than his Mule, Johan Franzen, if Holland only has so many dollars to spend.
Franzen developed a cult following in Detroit after those 28 goals in his final 32 games last season, including the playoffs, and he’s followed it with 22 in 43 games this year, six of those game-winners. That’s 50 goals in 75 games, but Hossa, 30, is the world-class talent, almost a point-a-game player (695 points in 749 games).
If Hossa says he’ll play the next six years in Detroit for an average cap hit of between Henrik Zetterberg’s $6.1 million a year and Datsyuk’s $6.7 million, Holland is dancing. If Hossa wants to play hardball, then Holland will go to his Plan B, Franzen. Yet, while Franzen often looks like John LeClair from his Legion of Doom glory days with Eric Lindros with his bullish ways around the net, there’s a gnawing feeling that the 225-pound Swede benefits greatly from the cast around him.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Getting Franzen locked up will not be easy. The Red Wings went through a difficult negotiation process with him and his agent in the summer of 2006, when he was a third-line, checking forward with seemingly modest offensive potential. Franzen could cost the club between $4- and $5 million a year, and he surely would get more on the open market.
Re-signing Hossa would require a series of events. The Red Wings would have to deem Franzen’s asking price more than they want to pay. Hossa would have to give them a discount in the neighborhood of his current $7.45 million salary. And even then they would need to shed some salary to make room for Hossa, whom the club cannot begin contract talks with until after Jan. 1, since he’s on a one-year deal.
Whom do they choose? The decision probably will be made for them, once they learn each player’s asking price and determine who is a better value for the money.
Now, your the Wings GM, which one player do you sign? Vote below…
This season- Johan Franzen- 11 games played, 8 goals, 4 game winning goals.
Last season, playoffs- 16 games played, 13 goals, 5 game winning goals.
Last 16 regular season games of 2007-08- 15 goals, 6 game winning goals.
Totals in that time period- 43 games, 36 goals, 15 game winning goals.
Most major hockey markets, he would be in super star status, in Detroit, still known as the Mule!
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Coach Mike Babcock said he expects forward Johan Franzen to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. Franzen has been out since Oct. 25 with a sprained left MCL. If he returns Tuesday, he will have missed only five games, half of what he missed with a similar injury last year around this time.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Johan Franzen (sprained left MCL) and Chris Chelios (fractured right tibia) were on the ice for the first time since they were injured, both skating before the team started practice.
Franzen fared much better, saying his range of motion feels good and doesn’t anticipate being out as long as he was last year (10 games) with the same type of injury. Chelios only skated for a few minutes and quickly learned he’s not close to returning.
“I felt good,’’ Franzen said. “I’m starting slow so I don’t want to risk anything, just long strides and go in laps.’‘
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“Obviously, we were concerned,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com from Los Angeles on Monday. “We left him behind in Chicago on Saturday night. He flew back to Detroit on Sunday morning and had an MRI. It’s a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Right now, the doctor feels it’s 3-4 weeks. We’re going to wait 2-3 days, and if he feels pretty good in 2-3 days, then maybe we’re looking at less time than three weeks.
“If in 2-3 days he’s still pretty stiff, then we’re probably looking at 3-4 weeks and we might consider putting him on LTI so we can get another body up here. So, we’re going to sit tight here for the next couple of days and see how his knee responds.”
more plus how the Blue Jackets are handling their injuries…
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.
added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,
With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.
added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...
From Ansar Khan at MLive:
Wings general manager Ken Holland revealed that Johan Franzen had a subdural hematoma. It’s a form of brain injury in which blood gathers between the dura (the outer protective covering of the brain) and the arachnoid (the middle layer of the meninges). It usually results from tears in a vein. They had to wait for the blood to dissipate before clearing Franzen to play again. There is no long-term concerns. He should be fine, Holland said.
and more including updates on Chelios and McCarty
Note: Wiki’s contribution on the subject of subdural hematomas
Update 11:23am ET, June 8th: From the AP via MLive:
The Detroit Red Wings’ Johan Franzen says it was “a little bit scary” when he sustained a subdural hematoma that kept him out of six games of the NHL playoffs. He says blood pooled between his skull and brain and took two to three weeks to be absorbed.
General manager Ken Holland tells the Detroit Free Press he thinks Franzen was injured during the second-round series against Colorado.
*with thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
Note: original post-time was 7:49pm ET, June 7th.
The Hockey News has been archiving audio from the winner’s dressing room after each game.
Go here to hear Scotty Bowman share his thoughts, then scroll down the page and you’ll find links to commentary from Niklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, Valteri Filpulla and Johan Franzen.
On a related note, a comment from Paul that I thought I’d pass on:
After Babcock finished his post game press conference, he met with Scotty for about ten minutes, one on one, going over the game. How much of a help Bowman is to the Wings, we may never know, but it certainly cannot hurt to have Bowman use his “consultant” role to the fullest extent.
About 15 minutes later, in what was mostly a deserted press room by then, Babcock poked his head in and said “the Mule [Franzen] is in. Pass the word.”
via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...
The transcript from today’s press conference with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Q. Here we go again. Latest on Johan Franzen.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t even know that. I don’t know the answer, sorry. I was talking to the League guys, and I never got in the medical room to know. I know he’s out there flying around. And I know it’s decision time.
From Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,
Johan Franzen won’t play in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. When he returns to the ice is still unknown.
THe NHL’s leading goal-scorer in the playoffs had tests, Monday, because of concussion-like symptoms ... headaches. General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.
But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside.
A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings players Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen and Chris Osgood.
Q. Chris, 6?0 an incredible run here in the playoffs. Where do you point the finger? Why have you had such success?
CHRIS OSGOOD: In two parts I’ll answer. Personally, just doing the right things in practice with Jim Bedard and staying ready. Even when I wasn’t playing, I felt confident, even before I went in that I could do the job. Just being ready so I wasn’t standing there doubting myself whatsoever.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Is it just me or is Johan Franzen the closest thing to John LeClair you’ve seen in the last while? There wasn’t a nasty bone in LeClair’s body and Franzen seems like Hoss on the old Bonanza TV show; a gentle giant riding the prairie. You needed a bazooka to move LeClair in his prime, same with Franzen now. Franzen is a load. He hit Wojtek Wolski in the Avalanche series and Wolski broke five ribs. But, it’s his hands that have everybody rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
more NHL talk…
Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, beating Nashville Predators goalie Dan Ellis who stopped 52 shots.
“I guess stubborn is a good word,” Franzen said when he began a late-season offensive roll that included 15 goals in a 15-game stretch in March and April, as well as a club record six game-winning goals in March. Scoring 24 of his 27 goals since Dec. 15 represented more goals than the 22 he scored (12 and 10) in his first two NHL seasons. “I love playing this game. Besides, I’ve seen the alternative ... and I hated it.”
Whoa, big fella. Alternative?
“Yeah,” he continued. “I was a real late bloomer. Didn’t start playing hockey at anything other than lower-tier hockey back home until I was 19. I wasn’t drafted by the NHL until I was 25. I’d say that’s a late bloomer, wouldn’t you?
more on Franzen by Larry Wigge at NHL.com…
Wings forward Johan Franzen is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a Grade 2 sprain to his right medial collateral ligament, general manager Ken Holland said Sunday. Holland said either Matt Ellis or Aaron Downey will replace Franzen in the lineup. No one will be re-called from Grand Rapids.