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Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:01 pm

With some work to do on defense, the Red Wings decided their first stop would be re-signing Jonathan Ericsson.

The Detroit Free Press reported last Thursday night and the team confirmed Friday morning that the Wings have re-signed the defenseman to a three-year deal worth $9.75 million.

Ericsson is coming off an improved season from the year before. The Wings have wanted to see him get more physical with his big frame (6'4/220). It's a pretty hefty pay check to a guy that doesn't get top-tier minutes on the blue line, but the Wings are gaining hope he can be a player on the special-teams units.

Last season for the Red Wings Ericsson had three goals and 12 assists with a plus-8 rating.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:35 am
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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 4:09 pm

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

@ llittle ceasars: I haven't researched LA's cap structure at all, but I'm just sayin if you're gonna overpay someone why not overpay one of the best young defensemen in the game... LA just picked up some pretty hefty contracts in Richards and Gagne. No idea what it would take to get Doughty, maybe 7-8 million a year with the cap going up? Im willing to pay that and give up the picks next year after having a solid draft this year. But seriously, we just gave our number 5/6 dman over 3M a season. A 27 year old with "potential" isn't worth 3+M a year. Very soon, we are going to lose one of the best defensemen in NHL history. I would have liked to see Kenny go out and do something big in anticipation of this teams future. No one will ever fill Nick's void, but it would be nice to have the next best thing... 

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:01 am

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

Let's not get too cozy with Commodore.  He was not in the plan, originally, but became a stopgap option for this year only when the larger UFA targets started getting gobbled up for insane money and years.  I think they were hoping to land Jova for a one-year, $2m type of deal, but FLA scooped him up for 4 yrs/$16m, which, of course, is pure insanity.  Holland wants Brendan Smith to step up and get some playing time this year.  If/when that happens, Commodore will be on the pine.  The real prize is Ryan Suter, a UFA next year.  Holland and Babs want Suter and will go hard to land him next year when Lids retires.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:59 am

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

they didn't sign jagr because he wanted over 3 mil. if we signed that bum i would of really been p*ssed. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:42 am

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

I think that the Red Wings may have paid a little bit too much for Ericsson but them signing Commadore was a solid one. That probably explains the reason why they didn't sign Jagr because Jagr is totally for offensive and the Red Wings have enough offense to compete with anybody. Way to stick with the plan on focusing on the defensive......Go Red Wings!!!CoolLaughing

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:20 am

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

I get what your saying, but u dont hand out contracts based on "potential". He had his chance to prove his worth and he's worth no more than $1.5M. Giving him 10M because he has or had potential is stupid. The guy is just too easy to beat, a softest big man D in the league. I really hope that this doesnt come back to bite us. As for Commodore, EXCELLENT signing. He is exactly what we needed, if we had him instead of Salei last year things might have been different. A motivated hungery Comm will be a BEAST for us on the blue line. And he will also teach Ericcsson to stop lookin pretty get out there and start winning battles the ugly way! Very happy to get Commodore.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:08 am

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

Now seeing that the Wings also just signed Commodore for 1 mil a year, I think we finally have a big guy with a nasty streak to teach Ericsson how to use his big frame.  Lets face it, since Fischer, the Wings have not really had a large defenseman that could still play.  I know we had Hatcher, but he was a shell of his former self when he was in Det, so that doesnt really count.  With Commodore and his 6'4 225 body, Ericsson could be taught how to play with that physical edge finally.  
Ericsson is stil young and just think about this for a minute.  At what age did Lidstrom really start to elevate his game to where he is now.  That would be around 97/98 when he was right around 27 years old.  Kronwall finally put up a year and showed that he could be a great two way defenseman that can play alot like Lidstrom with just a more hitter style, and that happened when Kronwall was in his 4th or 5th year in Detroit and age 28-29.  Maybe this is the year that Ericsson's game finally clicks and he starts to play like he could be a top 4 guy.  Ericsson could be a 30 point guy that just levels people with good hard body checks.  He is still 27, he is just starting to hit his prime, this could be the year that makes Ericsson worth every penny 

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:40 pm
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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:23 pm

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

sweet a 6 foot 4 softy being overpaid!! should of ditched the dead weight holland!!

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:26 pm

Wings re-sign Ericsson for three years, $9.75M

Land of Goshen! 9.75? Seems a trifle over generous.  Holland is usually right so I'll defer my criticizism until January. Here's to hoping that I won't be doing any and that Ericsson proves he's worth every penny.

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