Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/18/14

DALLAS - JANUARY 05: Right wing Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings pushes for the puck with Krys Barch #13 of the Dallas Stars in the first period at the American Airlines Center on January 5, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MLive’s Ansar Khan spoke to Red Wings forward Johan Franzen about both his disappointing 2011-2012 season and playoffs and his team’s stumbles from February onward, and, well…While Khan says that the Wings’ free agency shopping list does indeed include all of my hopes in that damn bottom-six winger with size to mash and grind on the fourth line, the top-pair defenseman the Wings couldn’t find after Brian Rafalski retired and Mike Babcock’s wished-for top-six goal-scorer, Franzen seems to suggest that the Wings missed Chris Osgood and Kris Draper’s presences and leadership in unexpected ways: “We need to have more fun out there, get some confidence back,’’ Franzen said. “We looked like a drained team, kind of, in most of the games. Get some joy back, believing in ourselves, knowing that we’re a good team, and play for each other.’‘ The Red Wings were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Nashville Predators. Franzen, speaking Tuesday, when players cleaned out their lo
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