Johan Franzen woke up Tuesday with a recurrence of concussion symptoms and was placed on the short-term (seven-day) injured list. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — One less Red Wings player is headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
Johan Franzen, who has been troubled by a concussion since mid-December, has decided against participating in the tournament, which begins Feb. 12 in Russia.
Franzen returned to the Red Wings lineup Sunday against Florida and played more than 16 minutes. But he woke up Tuesday with a recurrence of concussion symptoms, and was placed on the short-term (seven-day) injured list.
General manager Ken Holland said Franzen also isn’t likely to play in the remaining five games before Olympic break, which begins Feb. 9.
Franzen hasn’t skated since playing against the Panthers.
The symptoms began when Franzen collided with Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas on Dec. 15, Gudas hitting Franzen near the head.
In 31 games this season, Franzen has nine goals and 14 assists and a plus-six rating.
Franzen’s disappointment could be a teammate’s gain.
Gustav Nyquist is on Sweden’s reserve list, and a recent scoring surge (four consecutive goal-scoring games before Tuesday) could make him a viable replacement for Franzen.
Also on the reserve list is Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist and Washington’s Marcus Johansson.
Even without Franzen, the Red Wings still have nine players competing in Sochi.
Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Jonas Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden), Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Jimmy Howard (USA), and Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), along with coach Mike Babcock (Canada), are representing the Red Wings in Sochi.