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Report: Franzen cleared to play for Detroit

Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen


“The Mule” might not be put out to pasture just yet.

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Johan Franzen has been cleared to play after significant struggles with head injuries.

Getting the 35-year-old forward back would be quite the bonus for Detroit, at least if he looks anything like the once-dominant force he was before injuries really derailed his career.

That’s what Franzen is aiming for, even if his comments seemed a touch on the grim side.

“I really want to play some good hockey,” Franzen said. “I haven’t been able to get in a good season in a few years. I feel like I want to end it on my own terms.”

If there’s been one unexpected benefit for hockey fans as Franzen was sidelined with concussion issues that got downright scary, it’s the sense of humor he displayed on his Instagram account.

One of the highlights of his offerings makes you wonder: maybe he’ll be revitalized by Detroit’s big change behind the bench?

Request to Jeff Blashill: banning Franzen from social media would cost you some clout with fans. Just saying.