June 7, 2008 at 1:00 am

Red Wings: Notebook

Red Wings identify Franzen's head injury

Johan Franzen, left, was forced out of the lineup before Game 2 against the Stars and didn't play again until Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

DETROIT -- It was a subdural hematoma that forced Johan Franzen out of the Red Wings lineup for six games during the playoffs.

Franzen apparently was hurt during the Avalanche series, had persistent headaches, and re-aggravated the injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Stars.

He was forced out of the lineup before Game 2 against the Stars and didn't play again until Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins.

The Wings had been calling the injury "concussion-like symptoms."

Subdural hematoma can be caused by minor accidents to the head, major trauma or the spontaneous bursting of a blood vessel in the brain.

"It's not going to affect him long term," general manager Ken Holland said. "Basically, in effect, it's a bruise. It's like when you get hit on a part of your body."

Franzen said he was concerned when first told of the injury, but felt better after being reassured by doctors that it wouldn't reoccur.

"I wasn't allowed to do anything and I listened to the doctors when they said that," Franzen said. "I didn't want to jeopardize anything. The doctors said it happens to football players and boxers quite often. It came from a hit but we don't know exactly when."

Injury update

Holland said Tomas Holmstrom will meet with a hernia specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday and surgery is likely.

"I'm expecting to hear he has a sports hernia given everything (Holmstrom has) told us," Holland said. "I'm assuming he's going to have surgery."

Holmstrom also had hamstring and knee injuries. The knee might need arthroscopic surgery.

Holmstrom said he should be healthy by the start of training camp.

Holland also said Valtteri Filppula has a sprained left knee, but rest will cure that injury.

"When you get a sprained MCL (which Filppula had), you need two or three weeks," Holland said. "But we couldn't give him two or three weeks (in the playoffs).".

Retirement plans?

Holland will talk with Dallas Drake and Dominik Hasek soon to see what the two veterans have in mind for their futures.

Both appear to be on the verge of deciding to retire.

"I'm going to meet with Dallas Drake; it might be in a couple of weeks," Holland said. "He has to decide if he wants to play again."

Holland said he'll talk with Hasek on Monday.

"He seems to have indicated he knows what he's doing," Holland said. "So I anticipate a fairly quick decision."

New role

As for Chris Chelios, Holland said he'll talk with him soon about next season.

It seems certain Chelios, 46, will play next season, but Holland wants to make sure Chelios is fine with the veteran's likely new role as the seventh or eighth defenseman.

"There's no doubt he wants to play," Holland said. "His role might be changing. And is he willing to accept a different role?"

Chelios sounds like he would be willing.

"I feel like I'm a great insurance policy. I'd rather win and play less than lose and play more," said Chelios, who also will have some arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, which forced him out of the lineup late in the playoffs. "I can live with whatever role they give me.

"Kenny said he had every intention of bringing me back. It's never been a money issue. Hopefully I'll be at this (locker) stall again (next season)."

Ice chips

Assistant coach Todd McLellan said he will interview for head-coaching positions with San Jose and Atlanta this week.

... Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Monday.

You can reach Ted Kulfan at (313) 223-4606 or ted.kulfan@detnews.com">ted.kulfan@detnews.com.

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