Sweden's Olympic hockey team has announced that Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will not play with the team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Franzen is currently dealing with concussion-like symptoms and the team doesn't want to take any chances. He has been placed on Detroit's injured reserve for the second time in under two months because of the symptoms.
Franzen, 34, is in his ninth year in the NHL and has recorded 329 career points. He has played in 31 games for the Red Wings this season, scoring nine goals and adding 14 assists. Franzen played for Sweden in the 2010 Winter Olympics where he had one goal and one assist in four games.
Although they will be without Franzen, Sweden still poses a huge threat and has plenty of offense to go around. They will be led by Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg up front, while Erik Karlsson and Niklas Kronwall will lead an impressive list of blue liners. Henrik Lundqvist is likely to get the nod as Sweden's starting goaltender and could push them to the gold medal game on his play alone.
Sweden's first game will be played on Wednesday, February 12 against Czech Republic.
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