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Detroit’s Ericsson likely to miss Round 1 vs. Bruins

Apr 14, 2014, 2:17 PM EST

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It’s been almost a month since Jonathan Ericsson underwent surgery on his broken finger — a lengthy time to be shelved, but apparently not enough for the injury to fully heal.

Ericsson is unlikely to be available for Detroit’s opening-round playoff series against Boston, GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily. The injury, which the club originally thought would only sideline Ericsson for 10-14 days, ended up requiring a 4-6 week timetable, forcing the Swedish blueliner to miss the last 14 games of the regular season.

This has been a crazy year for Ericsson overall. He’s been pretty good when healthy — scoring 11 points in 48 games while averaging over 21 minutes a night — and signed a big six-year, $25.5 million extension with Detroit in November. But he’s had absolutely miserable luck health-wise, missing time with rib and shoulder injuries prior to the broken finger.

Not having him available for the opening playoff round will be tough on Detroit, as Ericsson’s one of the club’s most veteran players — he has 64 games of playoff experience on his resume, and played in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final loss to Pittsburgh.

 

  1. rbbbaron - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    His play dropped off after November (when Holland gave him the big extension…)

  2. gbpdrw - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    No loss at all. Let the young guys who got them into the playoffs stay. Long term, it will be beneficial. Short term, Ericsson was worthless with 10 good thumbs.

  3. ripaslapper - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    He played well in the first half of the season but struggled through the Olympics. Hope he recovers quickly and is ready to come back soon, but also agree the kids have done a great job getting the Wings to this point. Should be a good battle with Boston.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    ripaslapper

    i thought ericcson looked pretty good in the olympics … he got caught wrong-footed on crosby’s goal [ singular ] but other than that he was solid and over all, he’s a great defence man

    big and with a threatening disposition if anyone is crazy enough to mix it … i remember seeing him rag-doll three stars simultaneously a year or two back … he got a lot of respect league-wide when that circulated

    wings fans are simply too spoiled because of nicky

    gbpdrw

    know much about hockey … watch the game and study the position … catch a clue

    • shoobiedoobin - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Bingo. Too many sheep who won’t, because they CAN’T, judge for themselves.

  5. budzo83 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Every team has got at least one guy that the brass completely over-values for one reason or another. Ericsson is that guy in Detroit. Eats minutes when he’s healthy, but about the best I can say for him.

    • shoobiedoobin - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      I’m sure the brass for every single club in the NHL has been anxiously awaiting your flawless assessment of the man.

      Go learn hockey.

      • budzo83 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        I apologize for stating an opinion. I guess I’ll get started on “learning hockey” now…

  6. shoobiedoobin - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Wow, every single one of you have no idea what you’re watching when you see Ericsson play. Guy is lock down. Every one of you are blind.

    • budzo83 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Wow, crazy how everyone is wrong. It must be hard being the only person who is right… Ever. Good thing they created these comment sections for you. At least you can let people know the truth now.

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