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by George Malik on 06/30/11 at 12:30 PM ET
Update: According to Christopher Botta, James Wisniewski is all but guaranteed to sign with Columbus: Just as NHL on XM Radio producer Josh Rimer suggests that Patrick Eaves will test the free agent waters on July 1st (per RedWingsFeed), I was looking for Swedish news to compliment Ken Holland’s interview with Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom about Dick Axelsson, and Norrkoping’s Tidingar’s Ulf Strahle and Christer Andersson provide Red Wings-related news in a big way, all but confirming that Jonathan Ericsson will remain with the Wings. Here’s a rough translation of their article:
“Jonte” can stay in Detroit—offered twice his [previous] salary
Jonathan Ericsson is waiting for a signal from Detroit.
“I’m set to stay,” he says of his contract negotiations.
His agent has met with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding a contract extension with the defenseman from Norrkiping.
“It should happen within a week. From July 1st onward, other clubs could come into the picture. I’m not worried; it will work out,” said “Jonte” after the midsummer weekend at his home in skärgården.
According to the Detroit News, the new contract to 27-year-old Jonathan would double his salary in Detroit, from $900,000 per year to $1.8 million. In this case, it’s 11.6 million Swedish kronor.
For the upcoming season, the Red Wings plan on furnishing their team with a replacement for defenseman Brian Rafalski.
“I had hoped to earn his spot, but they’ve said they’re looking for a new defenseman,” said “Jonte.”
This past season he played in 74 games, scored 3 goals, had 12 assists and 87 penalty minutes.
“I like it in Detroit and would happily remain [there]. The contract proposals we’ve talked about are from two to four years. We’ll see how it goes,” says “Jonte,” waiting for a phone call from the U.S.
He’s looking forward to play in the Himmelstund Arena again. On Thursday, August 11, Peter Forsberg’s Icebreakers come to Norrkoping.
“I think that my brother Jimmie will be able to play as well. He’ll be available then,” says “Jonte” about the chance to play with his Vita Hasten teammate again.
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