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Wings-Ducks: Playoffs Belong to “The Mule”

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

It's about time one of the great unsung players in the NHL gets some attention. I'm speaking of course of that big wrecking ball of a Swede, Johan Franzen. You can just call him "Mule", the rest of the team does.

I'll admit it took me a while to get used to a hockey player called "Mule", but for Franzen, it's fitting.

Steve Yzerman coined the nickname the first time he saw Franzen practice during training camp. Franzen played stubbornly and persistently, like a mule.

He was raw back then in 2005, not yet fully aware of the potential his size and skill set could afford him.

Franzen chipped along on the third line, growing into his role until 2008 when a remarkable thing happened. Seemingly out ...

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