DETROIT – The Red Wings are hopeful forward Johan Franzen will be able to participate in training camp after sustaining a concussion last season.
"My expectations and hopes are he's going to be cleared when he takes his physical at camp," general manager Ken Holland told Mlive.com on Monday. "Ultimately, it's in the hands of [the doctor]."
Holland told the website he spoke to Franzen two weeks ago. Franzen has been working out at Joe Louis Arena for more than a week, the report said.
"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."
Franzen, 35, last played Jan. 6, his 33rd game of the season. He played 54 games the season prior.
"Obviously, there's a history of concussions," Holland said. "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."
Franzen has an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $3.954 million for the next five seasons, according to war-on-ice.com.
He has 187 goals and 182 assists (369 points) in 600 NHL games, all with the Red Wings, and 42 goals and 39 assists (81 points) in 107 Stanley Cup playoff games.