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More wounded Wings: Ericsson (fractured ribs) out 3-5 weeks

Dec 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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Detroit’s nightmarish injury situation has hit Elm Street territory.

On Tuesday, Wings GM Ken Holland announced defenseman Jonathan Ericsson would miss the next 3-5 weeks with fractured ribs, putting him on the shelf alongside Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Stephen Weiss and Henrik Zetterberg.

Ericsson, 29, was hurt during Detroit’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday, finishing with just 9:24 TOI.

The Swedish rearguard has been a steadying presence for the Wings this year, scoring eight points in 29 games while averaging over 21 minutes a night. Despite missing 10 games already with an upper-body injury, Ericsson inked a six-year, $25.5 million extension with Detroit in late November.

This latest ailment will sideline Ericsson for the 2014 Winter Classic — to be played against Toronto on Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan’s Big House — and puts his participation for the Winter Olympics in doubt as well.

Ericsson was one of 13 defensemen named to Team Sweden’s summer Olympic orientation camp, and had previously represented Sweden at the 2010 World Hockey Championships.

  1. joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Oh! Many of the boys are going to enjoy the Olympic bread somewhere warm no doubt.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Merry Christmas Johnathan…

  3. jacketsfan7 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    *jonathan sorry😳

  4. polegojim - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Heal fast Jonathan… need you for second half.

    Bring up Ouellet – showed good promise in his last game… and in a tough spot.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Maybe now is a good time to trade for a solid defenseman. Not that every team is looking to move a top 4 guy but I would bet someone is willing to listen.

    • 19wasthebest - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Trade Franzen and Quincy for a top 4 d-man.

    • ryanprzy - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      I’d like to see us try for Dan Girardi. Girardi’s skill-set would pair well with Smith on the 2nd unit.

      The thing is that he’s a UFA at the end of the season and he’s likely to want $4-5M/year on his next contract. I’d look at that as only being only $1M more than Quincey and infinitely better.

      We have picks and plenty of prospects that we can trade, but if NY wants NHL-ready talent, I don’t think we have what they’d be looking for. Unless they’d be interested in Johan Franzen.

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Wings have the worst luck with injuries every year!

  7. deighton95 - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Ericsson is over rated. The wings need to stabilize their blue line with some real quality defenders otherwise Jimmy Howard is going to get burned out quick. Kenny Holland is a great GM and always seems to manufacture something positive for the Wings. Now is the time to make a move…

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