DETROIT — Johan Franzen skated on his own after practice and said he’s still experiencing dizziness and headaches from a hit to the head on Dec. 15 at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s not quite there yet,” Franzen said. “I still get dizzy and headaches. It’s motion triggered. I can get through workouts fine, but if I try and play keep away I can’t do that. If there’s too much going on I get dizzy, my vision gets blurry and stuff like that.”
Franzen took a glove to the face from the Lightning’s Radko Gudas early in the second period and didn’t return to the game.
“I played a little three on three and that didn’t feel that good,” Franzen said. “All I can do is skate straight lines. Lots of starts and stops, that’s pretty much what I can do.
“The good thing is I can get through hard workouts at least,” Franzen added. “Sleeping is fine. I’ll probably have a headache after doing all this today, but it’s not too bad. Playing hockey triggers it, when there’s too much going on around.”
Franzen said that he got concussion-type symptoms immediately after the hit.
He’s seen a specialist in Ann Arbor for it, the same specialist that treated Patrick Eaves.
“I just pretty much talked to him and went through my history,” Franzen said. “I don’t know if I’m going to see him again or if I need more testing. It depends how long it’s going to linger. You still have to try and see where you are every day. You have to get at it again.”