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Johan Franzen pulls out of Olympics: Who draws in for Team Sweden?

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Johan Franzen will be tough to replace for Sweden, as his six goals and 15 points in 24 international games will attest. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Johan Franzen (6 goals, 15 points in 24 international games) will be hard for Sweden to replace. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Team Sweden will be short a Mule when it heads to Sochi next month.

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is suffering from concussion symptoms that forced his removal from the Olympic roster on Thursday afternoon.

It’s a big loss for the Swedes, whose status among the favorites looks shakier every day as injuries (Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg) and slumps (Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson) slow their top forwards.

“Johan is unique. He’s a tank who will stop at nothing, who has good hockey sense and great hands,” Swedish coach Per Mårts said.

Mårts added that he wasn’t sure yet who would draw in for the Swedes because of those other lingering injury issues.

“No, I do not know yet,” he said. “I want to hear how Henrik [Sedin] and [Zetterber] are before we take the next guy.”

There are a few NHL options for the spot:

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  • Published On Jan 30, 2014
  • Crash and burn: the most ridiculous car ads by NHL players

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    By Allan Muir

    Our buddies over at the Campus Union college football blog have been all over the Johnny Manziel story. One of the best angles so far? This ad for an Oklahoma car dealer spoofing the autograph signing that earned Johnny Football that onerous 30-minute suspension.

    It’s a very funny bit, like the one above featuring Scott Hartnell, and it got us thinking about some of the memorable outings over the years by hockey players in car commercials. The two make for a cringe-worthy combination. Take the ad below featuring Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, in which he uses some tricks that he presumably picked up in Southie to move metal for Pride Motor Group. If you were mesmerized by his big-screen debut as Angry Guy in Ted, you will appreciate his subtle character work in this spot.

    Embarrassing, sure, but it’s easy to set aside your pride when someone offers to cut you a fat check — or give you free use of a sweet ride — for an hour or two of work, right?

    Here are some more of the all-time greats.

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  • Published On Aug 29, 2013
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby’s clinic; Raffi Torres gets jobbed; more links

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    Sidney Crosby (center) and Evgeni Malkin were all smiles after Crosby’s third goal against the Senators. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sidney Crosby put on a clinic with his three-goal performance against Ottawa last night. Just another night at the rink for the smartest man in hockey.

    • The Senators can only hope to find another level when they return home for Games 3 and 4 or this series could be very short.

    • Of course, if the Penguins are willing to keep feeding Ottawa Grade-A scoring opportunities then maybe the Sens have a chance after all.

    • So, do you think Ottawa has a goalie controversy heading into Game 3?

    • San Jose GM Doug Wilson offered an eloquent rebuttal to the league’s decision to suspend Raffi Torres. I’m right there with him on this one.

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  • Published On May 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Minnesota meltdown, Brian Burke sues online jerks, more links

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    Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild will have some explaining to do if they end up missing the playoffs. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A month ago, the Minnesota Wild stood atop the Northwest Division standings, but a 4-9-1 April has them on the brink of disaster. They played like a team with a non-refundable tee time in last night’s 6-1 loss to the Oilers. Drop the finale tonight in Denver and it’s time to dust off the clubs. Guessing coach Mike Yeo wouldn’t survive that.

    • Not that it matters much right now, but the Wild have a pair of legitimate contenders for postseason hardware.

    • No link here, just an explanation of how it works tonight: Detroit wins in Dallas, they’re in the playoffs. Minnesota wins in Denver, they’re in. Columbus…they need help. If they win in Nashville and Detroit loses in regulation, they’re in. If they win in regulation, any loss by Minnesota (regulation, OT, shootout) and they’re in. If they lose in OT or the shootout, and the Wild lose in regulation, they’re in. Got it?

    • Brian Burke is suing online commenters who suggested his firing from the Leafs was due to an extramarital affair. This one is going to have a fascinating effect on the keyboard courage that too many people are infused with.

    • Tonight’s game against the Wild is expected to be the last one for Colorado veteran Milan Hejduk. Accolades will be forthcoming.

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  • Published On Apr 27, 2013
  • Top Line: Blackhawks clinch Presidents’ Trophy; St. Louis top scorer, more links

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    The Chicago Blackhawks win the NHL's 2013 Presoidents' Trophy.

    Curse aside, winning the Presidents’ Trophy ain’t bad when you’re 17-3-3 at home. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Not sure why the Blackhawks tried to downplay it, because by capturing the Presidents’ Trophy with last night’s win over the Oilers, they’ve guaranteed themselves home ice advantage through the playoffs. That could prove to be a very big deal.

    • Starter Ray Emery had to leave midway through the game with an undisclosed injury, leaving Corey Crawford to make this big-time stop in his place.

    • Their playoff hopes are over, but two Lightning stars are in it to the finish. Martin St. Louis scored his seventh career hat trick to take over the NHL scoring lead and finally deliver on a promise to his son.. Steven Stamkos tallied once to move to within two goals of Alexander Ovechkin in the race for the Richard Trophy.

    • Sidney Crosby is expected to seek medical clearance in the next 48 hours to resume playing. That doesn’t get him back in time to try to take back the scoring crown, but he could be available for the start of the playoffs.

    • The Red Wings took control of their destiny with a thrilling win over the Kings, but they may have to face their next challenge — the Nashville Predators — without the services of Johan Franzen.

    • Playoff hockey is not a birthright in Detroit, but Nick Cotsonika does a lovely job of explaining why it seems to be.

    • The Senators have three games remaining on their schedule. Win one, and they’re in the postseason.

    • Will Erik Karlsson be cleared to join the Sens? Sources around the team say maybe, but a local therapist isn’t so sure that’s possible.

    • Daniel Wagner ponders the philosophical ramifications of Cory Schneider suffering a body injury. This is a must read for all acolytes of Descartes.

    • With Schneider sidelined, Roberto Luongo is back between the pipes. And you know what that means.

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  • Published On Apr 25, 2013


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