Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 9: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images)
Johan Franzen has been known by Detroit Red Wings’ fans and teammates as “The Mule” throughout his career. The Swedish forward has been one of the top goal scorers for the Red Wings since the 2007-08 season. Franzen has also performed well in the playoffs, scoring 38 career goals in postseason play. Following the 2008-09 season, he was awarded an 11-year, $43.5 million contract after he rang up 34 goals in 71 games. In the playoffs, he scored 12 goals and 11 assists. Since then, Franzen has battled a lot of injuries. He missed 55 games with a knee injury during the 2009-10 season most notably. He has battled through other injuries since then, but has not let it slow him down much. Fans may recall him taking 16 stitches to the face after getting hit by Shane Doan during a game in the 2010-11 playoffs, and returning to the game a short time later. Even though Franzen has been a prime example of mental toughness, his consistency, or lack thereof, has been the biggest knock against him....
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