Saturday, May 30, 2015

Franzen Working Way Back to Red Wings

Johan Franzen, who suffered a concussion in early 2015, is working his way back from that injury and although there have been setbacks it is hoped that he can return from the injury by the start of training camp, and that is how Detroit Red Wings' General Manager Ken Holland is proceeding.  The big, 35 year-old forward has 5 years remaining on his contract, but if he is not ready by the start of next season, the Red Wings could place him on long-term injured reserve and gain some salary cap relief, as noted by writer Ansar Khan.  In additional Red Wings news:

  • The Red Wings will not announce their new head coach until after their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins complete their run to the Calder Cup, as reported at ESPN.  It's fully expected that the Griffins' current head coach, Jeff Blashill, will become the next head coach of the Red Wings.
  • 2013 first-round draft pick Anthony Mantha will be pressed to continue to work on his game and become an elite NHL player, per a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.  Jeff Blashill noted that with increased consistency and force, Mantha can become a top-tier player:  "I think Anthony has a skill set to be really good at the NHL level," Jeff Blashill told the Free Press. "He needs to change his habit of how he skates every day in games. Because of his elite ability, he could play without moving his feet in juniors. He needs to learn to skate at a more consistent basis, get into puck battles, and when he has puck, skate to attack. If he gets that habit, he will be an elite player."  Mantha notched 33 points in 62 regular season games for the Griffins this past season.  

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