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Report: Red Wings close to signing Ericsson to extension

Nov 19, 2013, 9:13 PM EST

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The Detroit Red Wings might be a little bummed about Danny DeKeyser‘s injury, but it’s not all bad news for the D corps. The franchise is “on the verge” of signing Jonathan Ericsson to a contract extension, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The extension would last between four and five years and include a cap hit around $4 million per season (or maybe a little higher), McKenzie reports.

This would keep the 29-year-old from hitting unrestricted free agency. The big Swede ranks second among Red Wings defensemen with an average ice time of 22:13 per night, including 3:13 on the penalty kill.

He also has four points in 11 games, but the Red Wings are probably more enamored with his defensive work.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that he’ll sign for sure, yet if it’s just a matter of time, it’s a nice deal for both sides.

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I hate Ericsson so much, he’s made so many stupid plays it’s pathetic.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      Sweet comment snipedanglecelly!!

  2. saintsredwings - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Years back, I honestly thought he’d be like a Pronger type player. Boy, was I a tad bit off lol,

    He’s a solid stay at home Defencemen, nothing more nothing less. Average.

  3. jmoroni89 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    He’s terrible. He rarely, if ever, makes a good play during a game. He has no clue how to use his body and at 29 years old he still looks confused with the puck. There is no reason why he should be making $4 million dollars. His best skill is his defense and that’s still awful. He doesn’t step up when anybody is hurt by any means. I’m sick of watching him play poorly. Get rid of him.. Almquist and Oullet need to start playing more!

    #GetRidofEricsson

    • polegojim - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      I’d agree with average to below average. He’ll have an occasional remarkable came… and the rest are sadly uneventful… and not in a good way. At times even worse with turnovers and missed plays.

      Love to see someone who could regularly remind him of his size and help him play up to it.

    • paveldamagicman - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Ericsson is a solid defensive dman if ur not happy with this extension than u must be going crazy because we are paying Kyle Quincey 4 million to be the worst dman on our roster!

  4. dearyxd - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    they need his big body infront of the net, i think he improved a lot in the last two seasons, hmm maybe he worth 3.75 or 3.9mil

  5. shoobiedoobin - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Every single commenter so far has no clue what they’re talking about. Go ahead, thumb me down, but none of you know hockey. Sorry.

    Ericsson has become the most solid defender on the team. He’s never caught out of position and is always where he needs to be. His stick reminds me of Lidstrom the way he can poke and disrupt passes. He doesn’t lay big hits but the morons claiming he “has no clue how to use his body” have seen Slap Shot more than they’ve played actual hockey. He rubs guys off the puck with physicality enough and can slam a guy into the boards and fight for pucks.

    His best asset is by far his decision making. He can find the easy quick pass that you need to know hockey to appreciate. It looks like nothing to Joe Schmoe but those types of plays are what make us hate Quincey when he screws them up. It’s what separates the bad from the good and gets us out of our zone against an aggressive forecheck. When was the last time you (honestly, without making up BS) saw Ericsson screw up a pass on the forecheck? You have to grasp how intensely difficult that is. Great defenders have trouble with it.

    People are stuck in the past, which is very typical since drawing a line in the sand and saying “this is MY opinion” makes it tough for the overly proud and stubborn to admit they’re wrong. Ericsson was never as bad as we said, he wasn’t great, but he’s become absolutely rock solid. Either people are stuck in the past or are just ignorant and don’t know the sport. He’s been our best defender and 4 mil is a steal. I don’t know how many times he’s not only bailed Kronwall out, but allowed Nik to play his style of hockey the way Stu did. The way a safe smart dman will allow a risk taker to play comfortably. The same way Dekeyser is doing with anyone he plays with.

  6. shoobiedoobin - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I didn’t even mention his breakout passes which are up there with some of the best around. His vision and ability to thread the needle is astounding.

    This extension isn’t random.

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