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by George Malik on 07/06/11 at 01:31 PM ET
Big Update at 1:45 PM: Here’s Ken Holland speaking to RedWingsTV about the Wings’ additions (via RedWingsFeed on Twitter):
Before I head out the door: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on WDFN on Tuesday to discuss the team’s re-signing of Jonathan Ericsson, goaltending situation and Mike Commodore’s addition to the team, and MLive’s Phil Zaroo posted some of the highlights thereof...
Ken Holland raised some eyebrows when he signed Jonathan Ericsson to a three-year, $9.75 million deal last week. Plenty of observers thought the Detroit Red Wings general manager overpaid to keep a defenseman who has struggled to contribute on a consistent basis over the last couple of seasons. Holland understands, but sees things a bit differently.
“Well, I think if you’d looked at the market, and Jonathan Ericsson had (signed elsewhere), I think he would’ve gotten a much bigger raise than we gave him,” he told Matt Shepard on WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit. “He’s 27 years of age. He’s 6-foot-5. If you look at defensemen, and there’s guys around the league that, really – 29, 30, 31 ... defense is such a hard position – there’s those guys that hit the league at 23, 24. They’re probably going to be the superstars. Jonathan Ericsson is still a work in progress, like most 27-year-old defensemen, and he’s 6-foot-5.”
The Red Wings are confident Ericsson will deliver on his potential, and become a bigger part of Detroit’s defensive rotation. Also, Holland noted, there are some factors which are simply out of his hands.
“It’s all market-driven,” he said of the free agent salaries. “As you saw, what happened from July 1 on, we had to make a decision in advance of July 1, and I think, based on what happened, we’re pretty happy with that decision.”
Once again, here’s the interview…
And Holland also spoke to WBBL’s Bakita and Bentley this morning, discussing the Wings’ free agency moves and the goaltending situation:
My apologies for the lack of transcription. I’m headed to Traverse City in a few hours.
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