Red Wings' Holland expects Franzen to be healthy by start of training camp

Gary A Vasquez / reuters

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is confident forward Johan Franzen will be healthy and good to go for the start of training camp.

Franzen played his last game on Jan. 6 after suffering a concussion and though some have hinted at a possible retirement, Holland believes that is not the case.

"My expectations and hopes are he's going to be cleared when he takes his physical at camp," Holland told MLive.com's Ansar Kahn. "Ultimately, it's in the hands of Dr. (Jeremy) Kutcher."

Kutcher is the director of the Michigan Neurosport Program and has been looking after Franzen. But although the decision may lie in his hands, Franzen has made it clear to Holland that's he's feeling better.

"Johan told me he's gotten better over the course of the summer," Holland said. "He's pushed himself hard to test it. So far, so good.

"Obviously, there's a history of concussions. I can't read the future. I expect he'll take his physical and pass it and resume his career. As he skates and trains every day, if he has no setbacks - I don't know why he would - I'm expecting his body is going to tell him."

The 35-year-old played in just 33 games last season tallying seven goals and 22 points.

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