Wings place Johan Frazen on short-term injured reserve after post-concussion symptoms after one game back

It was one and done for Wings forward Johan Franzen.

After returning Sunday after missing 16 straight games with a concussion, Franzen is heading back to the injured reserve after suffering a setback.

“Any time it’s a head injury, we’ve been through it a number of times, they’re hard things,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously, Mule thought he was ready and then found out he wasn’t. He’ll be out a few for sure, anyways, and he continues to work with doctors at U-M, they’ll figure out when he’s available.”

Since being placed in short-term injured reserve, Franzen will miss a minimum seven days.

Franzen did make the trip to Philadelphia.

“The specialist in Ann Arbor has been in constant communication with him,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s got to have a lot of days of being healthy before he plays.”

The reoccurrence of concussion-like symptoms could also put his chances of participating in the Olympics in jeopardy.

Holland didn’t know if Henrik Zetterberg (back) or Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body) would be available for Friday’s home game against the Washington Capitals.

“They’re day-to-day,” Holland said.

Along with putting Franzen on short-term injured reserve, the Wings also activated Joakim Andersson, who has missed the last six games with a sore hip flexor.

“I just think he’s a good player in the offensive zone, makes good passes,” Babcock said.

Andersson has seven goals and six assists, but it’s his minus-8 in the plus/minus category that’s worrisome.

“I don’t think we thought about him struggling last year, even evaluated him because he was a first year player and then he had such a good playoff and good second half for us in a short season that you thought things would just be easy for him,” Babcock said. “That’s not always the case. It’s important to get Andy back, he knows how to play. He’s a big body.”

Jimmy Howard will get another night off Tuesday, but will back Jonas Gustavsson in goal Tuesday.

“We’ll give Howie this week in practice and get ready to go,” Babcock said.

Howard is expected to start Friday against the Capitals.


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