The RedWings have signed Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year extension with an annual cap-hit of $4.25 million.
Ericsson was the very last pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, but has developed into a rock-solid defenseman for the Red Wings. He has not been a fantasy factor with a career-high of 15 points, but has become a solid shutdown defenseman skating on the top-pair with Niklas Kronwall. He is averaging 22:16 TOI through 15 games this season. He has one goal and four assists which has him on pace for five goals and 24 points. He has a legitimate chance of making Team Sweden's Olympic roster as well.
Ericsson is one-half of the Red Wings top-pair so their younger defenseman will have to step up. They played very well against the Sharks last night, include Xavier Ouelett who made his NHL debut. Expect Danny DeKeyser to see an expanded role in Ericsson's absence.
Ericsson injured his shoulder late in Saturday's game and won't play tonight vs. San Jose. This is a tough break for the Red Wings who are already without Niklas Kronwall, now they will be missing their entire top-pair vs. one of the NHL's top teams.
Jonathan Ericsson will play tonight for the Wings in Chicago.
This is great news for Red Wings fans as they get one of their regulars back on the blueline. Ericsson will bring some experience back to the Red Wings blueline, and should log a lot of minutes. However he isn't a great fantasy option as he only registered 1 goal in 69 games last season.
Ericsson remains an option to return on Wednesday. Although coach Mike Babcock noted that if he doesn't play tomorrow, he won't play Friday against the rival Predators. He scored a goal and 10 points with a plus-17 rating in 63 games.