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Report: Jonathan Ericsson signs in Sweden

Oct 26, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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Like many others, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will try to stay in shape while the lockout rolls on.

The Swedish-born blueliner will play for Södertälje of Swedish Allsvenskan, the country’s highest minor league, according to The Hockey News’ Bob Duff.

Ericsson could join the team – which also employs solid young NHL forwards Carl Hagelin and Matt Read – as early as Saturday, Devotion Magazine’s Andreas Haeggstroem reports.

The 28-year-old defenseman is in the meat of his prime, so it makes little sense for him to rest up and stagnate outside of hockey competition.

While Niklas Kronwall is expected to be the go-to guy on Detroit’s blueline now that Nicklas Lidstrom is out of the picture, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ericsson take on a larger role whenever pucks drop on NHL games again.

  1. zach28 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    didnt know that Södertälje was in switzerland.

    • blomfeld - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      Too funny eh ? :) Of course Södertälje is a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden … and it’s an “ethnically charged” one at that ! But hey, who cares ? Swiss, Swedish ? … whatever man ! It’s funny as I can’t help but think of my old friends here back in the 70′s, when I met this Swedish girl on vacation here, fell “head over heals” in love with her and then announced to them that I was going back to Sweden with her … all of them to “a tee” said … “oh those “Swiss chicks” will do it to you every time man !”.

      :)

  2. dsonashville28 - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Södertälje is in Allsvenakan, the division below Elitserien.

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