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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