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About Johan Franzen
Over the years it has been superstars like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom who have enjoyed the lion's share of the credit for helping the Detroit Red Wings dominate the NHL's Western Conference. However, anyone who has watched the team closely know how big a role the team's supporting cast has played in that dominance. Unsung heroes like Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Danny Cleary and others have played key roles in the team's success. None has made a bigger impact in a secondary role though than Johan Franzen, particularly come playoff time.
Known as "The Mule" Franzen manages to find another level to his game once the post-season hits. In 2008 and 2009 when the Wings reached back to back Stanley Cup Finals Franzen scored a total of 25 goals, including 13 in '08, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.
At 34 years of age Franzen might be starting to slow down, but the Wings know how to get the most out of aging players. Look for him to be a valuable contributor to the Wings' success for a few more years yet.