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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Franzen out at least four months

This just in from the Red Wings' PR staff ... Johan Franzen suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to be out at least four months. It happened in last night's win over Chicago.

Obviously horrible news. Franzen can't be replaced in the lineup. Scoring from Ville Leino and Valtteri Filppula becomes more important. Justin Abdelkader could get a call-up. Perhaps Patrick Eaves finally cracks the lineup.

Franzen's absence leaves these holes ... first-line winger, first-PP unit winger, PK forward, net-front, physical forward. No one player in the system is going to do all or even most of those things.

The Wings are decidedly worse team today than yesterday.


Blogger tastyvenison said...

The Wings will be hard pressed to filled the void created by this loss. The farm team cannot provide anything close to Johan's level of talent as being arguably one of the best power forwards in the league.

This cannot bode well for the Wings offensive numbers. It makes it all the more important that Ozzie keep his GAA to 2.0 or less.

October 9, 2009 at 10:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, please update your blog so I don't have to be reminded everyday that Franzen is out for four months.

October 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM 

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