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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
On his home ice, surrounded by thousands of Detroit fans that covered the Pepsi Center in a sea of red, young Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon dropped his gloves and fought for the franchise's lost glory.
Less than a minute after the opening faceoff, there was MacKinnon taking punches in the face from Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Ericsson had run MacKinnon roughshod into the boards, and the 19-year-old Colorado forward was not about to be bullied.
"It was in the heat of the moment, for sure," MacKinnon told me Thursday, admitting that he decided on fisticuffs to settle the dispute. "Right now, I don't feel like fighting anybody. But, it was a big game, and I asked him to fight. He said yes. It was fun."
MacKinnon did what hockey players do: He traded fists to prove his manhood. MacKinnon battled in the grand tradition of the blood feud between the Avalanche and Red Wings....
As the arena shook with an approving roar from a crowd with a lust for blood, here's what struck me: Is a teenager really the toughest man that Roy has got to stand up for team pride? And is MacKinnon really the best shot the Avalanche has of overcoming a wretched start to kick in the back door to the playoffs?
Watch the fight below...
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:
Vezina Trophy (top goalie)
1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.
2. Tuukka Rask, Boston
3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay
Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.
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Mike Babcock made the announcement post-game.
Looks like a 4-6 week injury to me.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo faces an afternoon hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Monday to discuss the charging minor he was assessed for hitting Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson at the 13:32 mark of the first period in Detroit’s 4-3 victory Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Watch the hit…
added 12:35pm, Added another video, one with multiple views…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson realizes expectations have been raised and pressure will increase after he signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract on July 1.
He is looking forward to proving that he deserves to be paid like a top-four defenseman.
“They’re showing some confidence in me,’’ Ericsson said Monday, after an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I got to take advantage of that and try to do the best of it.
“It’s up to (me). They’re going to have higher expectations of me. I’m looking forward to it. Little bit more pressure, but that’s always good.’‘
continued plus the Wings will attend the funeral of Brad McCrimmon…
Jonathan Ericsson did last night when he tangled with Gilbert Brule.
I am hearing no tear in Ericson’s knee, expected to be out 2-3 weeks.
Jonathan Ericsson was hit by Shane Doan of the Coyotes tonight and will not return. Looked like a knee-on-knee hit that was clean.
Wings report he will not return tonight.
update 10:16pm, No more information on Ericsson until tomorrow after more tests.
added 10:27pm, Video of the hit.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the club believes defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (left knee) is fine and will be able to play Saturday in New Jersey.
“We think he’s OK, we’ll know (Friday),’’ Holland said. “They did some testing and the initial report is that it’s nothing significant.’‘
He said Ericsson will accompany the team on its flight to New York tonight for the annual Fathers Trip. After facing the Devils, the Wings play at the New York Rangers on Sunday.
from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,
Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson missed the morning skate Saturday with flu-like symptoms. His status is questionable for tonight’s clash with the Calgary Flames.
“We hope it’s nothing major,” said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. “But what we’re concerned about is that’s what happened in Edmonton. It was nothing major in the morning and suddenly, by night, it was.”
As a rookie, Ericsson dazzled last year in the playoffs, but he’ struggled in his first full year, of NHL employment on a pairing with Brett Lebda.
“Lebs and him have been on the ice for some of the ugliest goals in hockey,” Babcock said.
via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter, -
Ericsson acute appendicitis, underwent surgery this afternoon. He won’t be available for Detroit’s next game.
- Correction ... Ericsson is expected to return to action for the Wings’ next game. That’s the team statement at least.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
“I didn’t even know I was drafted,” said Ericsson, whose Wings are tied 1-1 with the Ducks in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. “I wasn’t following it that day. I wasn’t even thinking about it.”
Ericsson was an instructor at a youth hockey camp in Sweden when a local reporter informed him of the news. Ericsson remarked that he didn’t contemplate the tall odds he had to overcome to play in the NHL, he was just excited to be taken by the same NHL club that housed Swedish heroes such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.
“I was just thrilled to be drafted,” the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Ericsson said….
“He’s a lot like [Anaheim’s Chris] Pronger, only he doesn’t crosscheck and do that sort of stuff,” Babcock said.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn’t surprised by rookie Jonathan Ericsson’s effectiveness because he has been working as the defenseman’s chief lobbyist almost from the day he first saw him.
“I’ve seen him for three years and pushed to have him on the team for two years, but I didn’t have votes,” Babcock jokes.
Babcock simply couldn’t talk general manager Ken Holland into straying from the team’s philosophy of keeping prospects in the American Hockey League until they are ready to contribute significantly at the NHL level.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
Detroit Red Wingts defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s strong play in the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinal against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday is another illustration of the rewards of a franchise that can afford to be patient with its draft picks.
Ericsson, who scored in the game, is a 25-year-old rookie with just 27 games of NHL experience and I believe he has a chance to become an NHL All-Star over the next three seasons. The former ninth-round pick from Sweden played three seasons in the American Hockey League, making the final adjustments from center to defense and now he looks like a veteran performer.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
While many of the team draft tables around him were already empty, Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill had a name ready when it came time for the last pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
That final selection, commonly called Mr. Irrelevant, has turned out to be anything but irrelevant.
Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, now the first name mentioned when it comes to the Wings’ top prospects, is the team’s most intriguing storyline heading into training this week.
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Two rumours popped up this morning; the first discusses a former Red Wing’s purported return to the NHL, and the other claims that a future Wing will be locked up for the next three seasons.
Sport-Express’s Alexander Shapiro claims that former Wing Danny Markov is coming back to the NHL to play for the LA Kings…
Aftonbladet’s Victor Melander and Tomas Ros say that Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson has been offered a three-year contract that would allow him to be sent down to Grand Rapids for the 2008-2009 season…
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added 10:52am, Regarding Ericsson’s contract and to clarify it, the contract would be a one-way contract, but Ericsson can be sent to Grand Rapids next season without clearing waivers. This clarification comes from a trusted reader of KK.